International Studies & Programs

Community Legume Seed System

In partnership with faculty at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, the goal of this GCFSI center-led project is to increase the local availability of quality seed of selected legumes at selected sites in Malawi, Africa.


Project Lead: Gareth Borman

The goal of this project is to increase the local availability of quality seed of selected legumes at selected sites in Malawi. The primary outcome is strengthened entrepreneurship in informal seed systems for the targeted crops. The team anticipates the following main outputs: 1. key institutional, social and behavioral factors influencing local seed quality, availability and use revealed; 2. seed entrepreneurs and their networks identified; 3. local trainers, farmers and seed traders trained in quality seed management, marketing and basic financial literacy; 4. local networks connecting seed entrepreneurs to important inputs, services and markets established and/or reinforced; 5. lessons synthesized, documented and shared with relevant stakeholders.