Quality Breeder and Foundation Seed Course


This 3-week training course is a component of the "Extension Capacity Development for Rice Food Security in Africa", a partnership program of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).  This program has been developed to complement the initiative of the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) and the respective seed initiatives of the 23 CARD member countries.

This training focuses on developing a group of practically-trained young professionals in critical parts of the seed sector to build in-country technical capacity around the rice seed value chain.  Participants will acquire knowledge and skills around all aspects of seed production through processing and storage, understanding the process of variety development and the production and maintenance of foundation seed, plus several topics related to seed systems and how to promote the use of quality seed.


Participants will be selected from the following work areas:
  • Junior plant breeder for seed production; 
  • Rice seed technician (maybe working w/ the junior plant breeder) working in seed production; 
  • Seed inspector involved in field inspection and certification;
  • Junior seed production manager (maybe from the private sector) working in the field to ensure production of quality seed
  • Acquaint participants with principles and practices of crop management needed for the production of breeder and foundation seeds under different rice production eco-systems.
  • Expose participants to standard post-harvest / seed processing practices (harvesting through storage) that help to minimize contamination, optimize quality and quantity of breeder’s and foundation seeds.
  • Enhance knowledge and skills of participants on standard procedures and modern techniques employed along the formal rice seed value chain processes including development and release of a variety, quality assurance, varietal protection, seed processing, distribution and marketing. 
  • Share experience on the characteristics of major rice seed systems in Africa (constraints, opportunities and potential interventions and partnerships needed to address bottlenecks) as well as the design and implementation of innovative rice seed production and delivery systems suitable for different contexts.

Ms. Achu Arboleda
IRRI Education
E-mail: m.s.arboleda@irri.org

International Rice Research Institute
DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines
Fax: (63- 2) 891-1292; 580 5699
Phone: (63- 2) 845-0563; 580 5600 ext 2538
Email: education@irri.org