80-90% of planting materials in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are produced on-farm

“How much of the world’s crop area is sown to farm-saved seed (FSS)? For most countries there are no official statistics, but rough estimates can often be made by comparing the sales of certified seed of a crop with the total area under cultivation with that crop. Figures compiled by GRAIN indicate that most developing countries still mainly depend on FSS – in particular regions with a large peasant farming sector, such as South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where typically 80–90% of planting materials are produced on-farm.”

GRAIN, “The end of farm-saved seed? Industry’s wish list for the next revision of UPOV,” February 16, 2007, accessed October 15, 2014, http://www.grain.org/article/entries/58-the-end-of-farm-saved-seed-industry-s-wish-list-for-the-next-revision-of-upov

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