Seed security: a multilevel perspective on seed system development in Ethiopia

Seed security: a multilevel perspective on seed system development in Ethiopia

The overall objective of the study is to assess seed systems as social-ecological systems with an emphasis on agro-ecological, social, cultural, economic and political variables.

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The research will combine in-depth quantitative and qualitative analyses of farmers’ practices from “below” in terms of agro-ecological, social, cultural, economic and political dimensions of seed security, with in-depth qualitative analysis of actors’ practices from “above” to unpack the conceptualization of seed systems i.e. how different actors perceive and conceptualize seed systems within the broader agricultural development agenda. The research will thus contribute to the literature by integrating research on seed systems and seed security, as well as provide insights for strengthening policy, organizational and technical innovations for seed system development and increasing seed security among smallholder farmers in Ethiopia and elsewhere.


Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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