What is the World Seed Partnership?

The World Seed Partnership (WSP) is an initiative taken by five international organizations to support the development of the seed sector in countries around the world.

Making sure that farmers have access to high quality seed and suitable new plant varieties is key to ensuring food security and economic development, including in developing countries.

To do this, a country needs to have in place a framework that encourages the development of new varieties and the production of and delivery of high quality seed of suitable varieties to farmers.

Bringing together the knowledge and expertise of its five partners, the World Seed Partnership aims to provide guidance on the development of an appropriate and effective seed regulatory framework built on the following elements:

  1. Establishment and implementation of an effective system of plant variety protection (UPOV)
  2. Enhanced seed quality assurance for better on-field performance through improved seed sampling, seed testing and storage capabilities (ISTA)
  3. Development of a reliable and internationally acceptable seed varietal certification system for seed movement nationally and internationally (OECD)
  4. Facilitating growth of the local seed industry to ensure farmers’ access to improved varieties and seeds (ISF)
  5. Ensuring the participation of farmers in relevant discussions and access to new plant varieties and sustainable and affordable seeds (WFO)

How we can help you

The World Seed Partnership provides countries with guidance and expertise to put in place the relevant systems thereby enabling farmers to have access to high quality seed and new plant varieties.

Please contact us to find out more about how the partnership can help you.

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