Seed delivery systems and farm characteristics influencing the improved seed uptake by smallholders in Northern Ghana

Etwire, Eunice, Ariyawardana, Anoma and Mortlock, Miranda Y. (2016) Seed delivery systems and farm characteristics influencing the improved seed uptake by smallholders in Northern Ghana. Sustainable Agriculture Research, 5 2: 27-40. doi:10.5539/sar.v5n2p27


Author Etwire, Eunice
Ariyawardana, Anoma
Mortlock, Miranda Y.
Title Seed delivery systems and farm characteristics influencing the improved seed uptake by smallholders in Northern Ghana
Journal name Sustainable Agriculture Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1927-050X
1927-0518
Publication date 2016-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5539/sar.v5n2p27
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Issue 2
Start page 27
End page 40
Total pages 14
Place of publication Toronto, Canada
Publisher Canadian Center of Science and Education
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract The utilisation of improved seeds is reliant on distribution system and farmers’ preferences in using the seed. Primary data were collected from key informant interviews in seed delivery chains and a farmer survey to analyse the northern Ghanaian seed delivery systems and factors influencing the adoption of improved seed by farmers. The seed system in Ghana is made up of three main components; a formal seed system, an informal farmers’ seed system and a quasi-formal seed system. The seed chain starts with breeder seed production by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (except for imported seed) and ends with the grain farmer as the final consumer. The communication flows between members, strength of relationships and farm characteristics reveled to be affecting the improved seed uptake by smallholders in Northern Ghana. The study highlights the value of strengthening the seed delivery system and improving the availability and accessibility of improved seed varieties.
Keyword Adoption of improved maize varieties
Certified seed
Farmer preferences
Seed delivery system
Smallholder farmers
Northern Ghana
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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