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COVID-19 disrupts Africa’s seed supply, threatening food security

The global pandemic has made it difficult for some African seed companies to produce and import sufficient quantities of quality certified seeds, prompting fears about food security. A labor shortage, border closures and restrictions on movements have contributed to the challenges that some companies are facing as they struggle to get quality seeds to farmers as the planting season kicks in across the continent.The situation is raising fears that farm productivity will decline and threaten food security, as seed shortages are predicted for most staple crops....read more