Background information on the ISSD Plus project

The ISSD Plus project runs from 2016 to 2020 and builds on the previous ISSD project (2012-2016). It operates in the East, South Western Highlands (Kigezi area), Western Highlands (Rwenzori area), South Western, Northern Zone and also has a presence in the West Nile zone agro-ecological zone. The project implements its activities through teams in the Zonal Agricultural Research and Development institutes (ZARDIs) of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO). The ZARDIs involved in the project include; Buginyanya ZARDI for the East; Rwebitaba ZARDI for the Rwenzori area; Mbarara ZARDI for the South West and South Western Highlands; Ngetta ZARDI for the North and West Nile zone.

The goal of the project is to contribute to increased incomes of smallholder farmer households and improved household food and nutrition security. Special attention is given to women and youth in increasing income and creating employment opportunities. The project goal will be realized through increased productivity of field and vegetable crops (Intermediate Result).

For field crops, increased productivity provides increased income and improved food security through existing and growing markets. The productivity increase results from the increased use of quality seed by small and medium-scale farmers (component 1). Quality seed use will be promoted through publicity and demonstration campaigns and proximity marketing efforts. Proximity marketing focuses on increasing farmers' access to seed close to areas they easily reach. To satisfy the increasing quality seed demand, local seed businesses (LSBs) are supported to produce and market Quality Declared Seed (component 2). This means in practice that the project scales the LSB approach based on the experiences of the previous ISSD Uganda project (2012-2016). To assure that LSBs are able to perform well, their access to early generation seed is being improved (component 3).

The ISSD Plus project has a specific objective on vegetable sector development (component 4). In the vegetable sector, the access to EGS is not an issue, as vegetable seed companies integrate EGS into their commercial seed production chain. The project is therefore intervening to improve the access of vegetable producers to high quality seed and seedlings, through the introduction of improved varieties and improving farmers' skills in vegetable production. By training vegetable growers, they will become able to take advantage of high quality seed and seedlings, and increase their productivity (Intermediate Result). The project's outcome and output areas are indicated in the table 1 below:

Project outcomes and outputs

300,000 households increase productivity, income and Resilience

Output 1.1

Smallholder farmers increased productivity from use of quality seed for crop production

Output 1.2

LSB members increased QDS productivity and income

Output 1.3

Vegetable growers increased productivity and income using high input-high output production systems
Strengthen seed sector institutions and environment

Output 2.1

QDS institutionally embedded

Output 2.2

Increased availability of quality assured Early Generation Seed (EGS)

Output 2.3

Seed sector challenges innovatively addressed and seed sector knowledge embedded

The project is implemented in partnership with NARO, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and the District Local Governments for issues related to seed quality assurance for field crops. For the vegetable component, the project works closely with seed companies including East West Seed, Rijkszwaan/Holland GreenTech, Enza Zaden/House of Seed and Bejo Seed/Cycas.

The Theory of Change for the ISSD Plus project can be found in appendix I. Below you can find more detailed information on each of the objectives, related outputs and activities.

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