North-South seed supply
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CTA. 1999. North-South seed supply. Spore 82. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/48508
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For the last five years, the French company JTS (Seeds for Tropical Gardens) has been trying to set up distribution networks in developing countries for vegetable seeds which are suited to agricultural and climatic conditions, and to consumer...
For the last five years, the French company JTS (Seeds for Tropical Gardens) has been trying to set up distribution networks in developing countries for vegetable seeds which are suited to agricultural and climatic conditions, and to consumer tastes. The company has a humanitarian goal, and seeks to promote family gardens, which it sees as having a major role to play against malnutrition, and essential leverage in raising food production in ACP countries. It believes that there is a desperate shortage of quality seeds in developing countries, with the key bottleneck being mainly in local distribution networks. With this is mind, JTS highlights those seeds which are easiest to transport, in terms of their weight, volume and price. Expanding the networks to include other food crop seeds is not without problems, JTS asserts: 'Public opinion in donor countries is not yet ready to accept a commercial and industrial approach as being humanitarian.' Which explains, they claim, their problems in finding grants from both governmental and charitable sources (the latter say it is not their job to help businesses) and from investors (who will only invest if there is a significant short-term return.) And JTS also wants to set up a communication network. Anyone want to join them? JTS, Z.A. des Fousseaux, Avenue des Carreaux, 49480 - Saint-Sylvain-d'Anjou, France Fax: +33 2 41 76 57 70 Email: JME.Cordier@wanadoo.fr