Seed is a key input for improving crop production and ensuring food security. Learn what seed harmonization is, SADC’s regulatory response and policy, and the benefits to all seed stakeholders across the region.
The purpose of the SADC Variety Release System is to make it easier and cheaper for new and existing varieties to gain access to SADC countries. This in turn aims to stimulate availability of more varieties, encourage more companies to invest in seed business in SADC countries, and increase farmers’ choice.
The purpose of the SADC Seed Certification and Quality Assurance System is to ensure that seed varieties listed in the SADC Regional Variety Catalogue and traded among SADC Member States is of consistently high and known quality, and that movement of the seed is more efficient and less costly.
The purpose of the SADC harmonized Quarantine and Phytosanitary Measures for Seed is to reduce costs related to seed trade and encourage faster and safer movement of seed.
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