Open source seed systems aim to counter the exclusive rights belief using open source agreements and accelerate the innovation potential of many instead of a few leading to access and availability of diverse seeds. We propose to accelerate and scale our current work with frontrunner- SMEs -local small and medium scale seed enterprises -, innovation driven multistakeholder platforms and lobby and advocacy a policy levels in an increasing number of African countries and globally.

Altaf Qadri

Sector of activity
Food & Beverage

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Other

Type of lead actor
Civil society

Start date

End date


It is Hivos’ strategy to work through multi-stakeholder initiatives to support their search for alternatives. Together we build viable business models for open source seed systems, create wider alliances through joint prototyping, research and learning, and we accelerate and scale our approaches through lobbying and advocacy. The result is an expanding pool of genetic resources that is available now and in the future for unrestricted use by scientists, farmers, and gardeners.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Outcome level

SCP monitoring and reporting

  • annual report of the open source seed systems programme

Impact and Results

See project website

Next steps and how to get involved