Integrated Seed Sector Development


Cumulative Highlights

  • The number of registered commercial seed producers increased from 249 to 833).
  • 48 market-desired, superior seed varieties became registered and available (maize: 11, beans: 10, banana: 6, potato: 6, rice: 15).
  • 48% of registered active seed producers participated in a pre-ordering system that increased their access to early-generation seed.
  • Capacity-building methodologies were tried, tested, and tailored to support ambitious seed producers in growing their businesses.
  • Targeted farmers more than doubled their maize, potato, and bean yields by intensifying production through the use of fertilizer, quality seed, and GAPs.


ISSD sought to improve the seed sector and ensure farmers’ access to quality seeds at an affordable price. The project was active in Burundi and was funded by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Burundi. KIT was also a collaborator.



Working with Rural Farmers

ISSD, funded by the Dutch Embassy in Burundi from 2014 to 2018, promoted rural economic development and improved food security through an integrated seed sector in Burundi.

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Increasing Seed Prices

ISSD sought to have 200 new seed enterprises that are able to supply the market at the local and national levels by 2018. The project targeted an increase of 500 percent of the volume of quality seeds produced and commercialized in Burundi. It was projected to equip nearly 25 percent of Burundian producers with access to quality seeds.