Short term mission to share experience in how to strengthen all essential components in an integrated seed industry in Central Asia.


Name of Client: Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Agriculture, Kiev

Period: September 2008

Value of project (in millions US$): 0.01 M

Key Experts:

            Rutger Persson, International Seed Expert, Svalof Consulting

            Larisa Gustavsson, Co-ordinator/Researcher SLU


The objective of the mission was to share the Swedish experience in “seed industry development” with the Ministry of Agriculture, agriculture and seed sector and establish a closer professional links between the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU/LTJ), Svalof Consulting and Ukrainian counterparts in strengthening their seed industry, training plant breeders and senior professional staff from the Ukrainian seed industry at SLU in Alnarp , Sweden. The Swedish model how to strengthen all the links in the seed chain and create favourable conditions for the private sector to prosper was discussed with regards to:

            Strengthening the legal/regulatory framework for varieties and seeds and the technical procedures which support that framework

            Strengthening the capacity of breeding institutions to manage and supply early generation seed of their varieties, as a key support to the formal seed sector

            Strengthening the capacity of seed companies to operate more efficiently in a market environment, through a locally based training programme for their staff.

            Strengthening the whole seed and value chain, in environmental perspective