New seed initiative for maize in Southern Africa

Published on 14 April 2010

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Start Date: 1 January 2008 | End Date: 31 December 2010


Project Vision: A comprehensive seed value chain functioning with strong public-private partnerships that is developing and disseminating sufficient quantities of affordable quality seed of improved, adapted and appropriate maize varieties that will contribute to improving the livelihoods and food security of resource-poor small-holder farmers in southern Africa.

 General objectives 

1.      Develop and stimulate the use of maize varieties with increased productivity, nutritional value and acceptance under the stress-prone conditions of resource-poor farmers in southern Africa.

2.      Strengthen stakeholders’ cooperation in the maize seed sector to work towards a more diverse and more stable seed industry that is responsive to resource-poor farmers’ needs.


Project Mission 

NSIMA is a network of multi-stakeholder National Coordinating Units (NCU’s) in SADC working together to strengthen the maize seed value chain so as to contribute to improving the livelihoods of resource-poor small-holder maize farmers. This is achieved through:

1.      Provision of improved germplasm, technical backstopping, training and coordination for the activities of partners through NCU’s.

2.      NCU’s will identify bottlenecks and opportunities in the seed value chain of their respective countries and, together with relevant partners, establish and facilitate activities to overcome constraints and enhance development of the seed sector based on Outcome Challenges.

3.      NCU’s will facilitate capacity building of partners and farmers relevant to the seed value chain.

4.      NCU’s will advocate for appropriate policies, partnerships and promotion activities that enhance the development of the seed value chain.




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