Sector governance and coordination

Sector governance and coordination is critical to the transformation of the seed sector according the vision of the NSRM. The CSP aims to support the establishment and functioning of a national seed sector platform, in which stakeholders engage in dialogue and agree on concerted and collaborative actions contributing to the implementation of the NSRM. The platform and enhanced governance will improve the alignment and division of responsibilities between public and private stakeholders and contribute to enhanced transparency and accountability.

The seed sector is complex with different seed systems and seed value chains and involving a wide range of stakeholders. In its performance, the sector is characterized by limited alignment of stakeholders in their actions and overlapping interventions. The sector is deficient in accountability and has a limited capacity to monitor progress in its development and engage in joint decision-making to tackle its constraints.

Topic vision

  • In two years, the NSRM aims for the National Seed Sector Platform to be established with a clear structure in which relevant stakeholders participate; and that activities linked to the implementation of the NSRM and other developments are discussed, elaborated and monitored, contributing to seed sector transformation.
  • In five years, the NSRM aims for the National Seed Sector Platform is operational; it owns the NSRM, reviews achievements, manages updates and develops new plans. The platform ensures alignment of stakeholders in their actions, reduces overlap of interventions, and increases efficiency and accountability. It contributes to sector governance, reviews and monitors management and implementation of regulations, while also providing inputs to required improvements and decision-making processes. The National Seed Sector Platform is sustainable in its governance and in funding its coordination and other activities.

Strategic innovation pathway (SIP)

This pathway is presented in the NSRM. The pathway is essentially an agreed set of steps which see partners collaborate and progress the sector from its current status and challenges, through a process of catalytic innovation towards the stated topic ambition(s):

  1. Support and enhance the human capacity of the NASC at systems level, e.g. in taking up its coordinating role, according to its new five-year institutional strategic plan (2020-2024), including platform secretariat functions.
  2. Establish a National Seed Sector Platform (or re-adjourn and transform previously established platforms) that brings together key seed sector stakeholders from government, civil society, knowledge institutes and industry; facilitate dialogue; clarify and consolidate roles and responsibilities; support collaboration; foster development and use of a digital information portal; enhance systems and value chain oriented human capacity required for such coordination and platform management; leverage the platform to introduce the Nigerian Seed Week which will include regional seed week seminars and the national Seed Connect Conference organized by the NASC; establish communication channels with industry stakeholders leveraging the NASC website and social media platforms; and convey seed industry insights, newsletters and annual reports of seed sector stakeholders including the NASC and SEEDAN (partly foreseen to be supported and facilitated through CSP).
  3. Based on the NSRM and using a consultative process, develop detailed action plans with budgets on priority topics.
  4. In accordance with NASC law and its strategic plan, support the National Seed Sector Platform to consolidate the capacities of institutions in governing the seed sector; provide inputs review amendments to seed policies and legislation; review and monitor their implementation; support the platform to provide inputs but not engage in decision-making (partly foreseen to be supported and facilitated through CSP).
  5. Share new developments and successful innovations and explore their scaling.