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Learn more about the work of the Center of Excellence for Seed Systems in Africa (CESSA) in this special seminar at Cornell University.


CESSA was unveiled at the AGRF 2021 Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. It will be hosted at AGRA (the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa), whose role will be convening seed actors to help fill gaps, and build capacities and varieties that respond to needs of farmers in Sub Saharan Africa. The center will begin operations in 2022, supporting governments, private sector and development partners to deliver modern, effective and resilient seed systems that serve African farmers better. It will strengthen the seed value chain, particularly variety development and release, production and distribution of both early generation and certified seed, farmer awareness creation and participation, quality assurance, national planning, policy and regulatory frameworks. CESSA, working with partners, will conduct national seed system analyses, provide advisory services and external technical assistance, as well as training and capacity building for the seed sector. This is in addition to fostering partnerships and networks leading to grants and other investments in the sector

About the speaker

Dr. Jane Ininda is Head for Seed Research and Systems Development at AGRA and leads crop research, seed production, and seed certification and regulatory interventions.  Her career in agricultural science and development in Africa spans 30+ years.  She has led teams of professional crop breeders in 18 Africa countries who have developed and released 685 resilient crop varieties, more than 450 commercialized by 100+ private seed companies in Africa.  She has more than 40 publications as peer reviewed papers,  book chapters, blogs and many impact stories in media.  Realizing the importance of forming strong alliances and sharing updated information and knowledge among agricultural scientists she founded key networks in crop breeding in Africa.   She has also featured the effects of food shortage in a film ‘Silent Killer-the unfinished Campaign against hunger’.  Jane holds a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding-Major, from Iowa State University, USA.  She is a recipient of the C.R. Weber Award in recognition for outstanding achievement in graduate study in Crop Science at Iowa State University, USA. 

Date & Time

December 12, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Contact Information

Ed Mabaya, Research professor, Cornell Global Development

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Department of Global Development

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