In Pakistan, 75 per cent of seed is uncertiﬁed and sold through informal channels. Most of this uncertified seed does not meet minimum quality standards, resulting in poor yields. To help address this challenge, a BPP partnership with MEDA and Engro Corporation in Pakistan is increasing the participation of male and female smallholder farmers in the Sheikhupura and Gujranwala districts in Punjab in the seed value chain.
The partnership is working to improve farmers’ skills, expertise, crop yields and income. To date, more than 4,400 farmers in 205 villages have been trained as seed producers and entrepreneurs.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health pandemic in Pakistan, project activities were paused during lockdown. With activities recently recommenced, the project team continues to actively raise awareness amongst farmers and their communities of important COVID safety guidelines.
Read more about the partnership’s COVID response on the MEDA blog