Launch of the Seed Laws Toolbox
SeedNL is launching the Seed Laws Toolbox, a facility for small grants to address seed regulatory bottlenecks. A conducive seed regulatory framework is a prerequisite for a vibrant seed sector. Yet, in many low- and middle-income countries the regulatory system is still a key bottleneck, which is a major obstacle preventing quality seed of adapted varieties to reach small farmers. Typical issues are laws and regulations not being in line with regional and international standards, or issues around specific topics like variety release, appropriate quality assurance, seed business licensing and seed trade.