Accelerating Agriculture and Agribusiness in South Sudan for Enhanced Economic Development (A3-SEED): Annual Report

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The Accelerating Agriculture and Agribusiness in South Sudan for Enhanced Economic Development (A3-SEED) project, funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN), is being implemented by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) together with KIT Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) from December 2020 to November 2025. The project follows EKN’s Seed Sector Development for South Sudan (SSD4SS) project, implemented by AGRA. It targets four hubs of stability (Bor, Rumbek, Torit, and Yambio) and the outskirts of Juba. A3-SEED is working to develop a market-oriented seed sector by establishing a commercially viable and sustainable seed system in South Sudan. This way, the project ensures farmers enjoy continued access to high-quality seed and agricultural advisory services offered closer to the production areas. A3-SEED works with seed companies, seed out-growers, agro-dealers, and village agents in developing a complete seed value chain while creating businesses and jobs. Smallholder farmers remain the ultimate target by enhancing their access to quality seeds. A3-SEED also builds synergies with humanitarian programs in target areas to facilitate efficient seed distribution. A particular focus is placed on returnee farmers who fled the country due to insecurity. The project is engaging with owners, employees of micro, small, and medium enterprises (SMEs), women, and youth who are involved in quality seed production. In 2022, A3-SEED focused on active field project delivery. Ten seed companies were mobilized and fully engaged through a Co-Investment Grant to facilitate seed production, processing, and marketing. This report covers activities, outputs, achievements, and lessons learned during the second year of project implementation between January and December 2022.
Seed production, Agribusiness