The four-year project is now in its last full year of implementation. After “Accelerate” and “Consolidate” themes of the last two annual meetings, we have chosen “Communicate” as the theme for ARPM 2019 and the months following in the project year 2019 to bring our focus on spreading the word about the importance of widespread adoption of improved seeds and what BASICS has done to foster a sustainable seed system. Unless there is a sustained and widespread demand for certified seeds from vast number of farmers, all the work at commercial seed levels or at EGS levels will come to a naught. So, communication to strengthen demand side to complement the supply side development is the need of the hour.
ARPM 2019 key objectives:
- Day 1 – Share component highlights from 2018 activities and agree on changes in component workplans for 2019 after team feedback
- Day 2 – World Café – Scaling readiness of seed system innovation packages
- Day 3 – Collate partner contributions for BASICS Phase II Concept Note development