Guiding Seed Sector Transformation

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Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) recognises the relevance of formal and informal seed systems and aims to balance public and private sector involvement. If you strive to broaden your international experience and strengthen your competencies to support seed sector development taking an integrated perspective, this course is an interesting opportunity.

What will you learn?

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • Be able to support farmer groups in taking an entrepreneurial approach towards seed production and trade;
  • Know how to strengthen private and public functions in seed sector development;
  • Know how to address through partnerships and innovation institutional bottlenecks in the seed sector
  • Understand how international agreements impact on domestic seed policies, seed laws and regulatory frameworks;
  • Understand the opportunities for putting the ISSD-concept into practice in your own work context

Course programme in more detail

Seed is an essential input for crop production. Access of farmers to affordable quality seed of improved and farmer-preferred varieties is key in increasing agricultural production and productivity. Supporting the development of a vibrant and pluralistic seed sector can substantially contribute to increasing food security and economic development in developing countries. If you strive to broaden your international experience and strengthen your competencies to support seed sector development taking an integrated perspective, this course is an interesting opportunity.

Fee information

EUR 4,600.00 - This covers the tuition of the course. Since this course is online, there are no costs for accommodation, insurance or travel.

Early-bird deadline 28 September 2021

Deadline on October 12th 2021 for Orange Knowledge Programme scholarships and MENA scholarship programme.

How to register

For whom is this course?

The course is designed for researchers, managers, policy makers and practitioners, working in a field related to seed sector development, employed by public, private, civil society, research, education and/or development organisations. Applicants should have a BSc degree and have at least five years of relevant professional experience. Proficiency in English is required.

To register, please visit the following link

The Application Procedure

  1. Register for the course of your interest by clicking the ‘apply’ button on the webpage of this course. A registration form will open;
  2. Fill in the required fields of the registration form. Please note to write your date of birth without a zero (e.g. 1-5-1980 instead of 01-05-1980);
  3. Before you submit, check your details on the final page of the registration form;
  4. After submitting, you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure to directly click on the link in the email to confirm your registration. Without your confirmation, your registration cannot be processed;
  5. If you apply as an OKP or MSP-scholarship candidate, you will receive a registration letter for the scholarship at the beginning of the scholarship cycle.
  6. If you apply as a self-funded participant: we will forward your request for acceptance to the course leader. This can take some time as it depends on the coordinators' schedule (1-3 weeks);
  7. If you’re accepted into the course programme, we’ll send you an admission letter by e-mail;
  8. You receive all required travel documents from us after you are selected for the scholarship (OKP/MSP-scholarship candidates) or when we’ve received your payment (self-funded participant).

Courses are currently online

Our courses are currently online. Check the course details for more information about the online course format.