On November 11, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and IFDC signed a contract to launch the Integrated Seed Sector Development in the Sahel (ISSD/Sahel) project. The ISSD project will run for a duration of four years under a budget of 11 million euros. 

ISSD/Sahel aims to improve rural employment, increase rural incomes, and ensure the food and nutritional security of both rural and urban households in Niger and Mali. This will be accomplished by establishing a vibrant, dynamic, and pluralistic seed system that accounts for the coexistence of formal and informal seed systems in the supply of smallholder farmers in target areas.  

ISSD/Sahel will be implemented by a consortium of four organizations: IFDC, the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), KIT Royal Tropical Institute (KIT/Pays-Bas), and the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).