SADC Tree Seed Centre Network Project

In 1983, the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC) joined forces with Zimbabwe's Forest Research Centre to establish a Regional Seed Centre (RSC) in an effort to meet the tree seed needs of countries in the region. Before this project, the country's existing seed centre was distributing pine and eucalypt seed mainly to South Africa and countries in South America. Today, Zimbabwe's RSC is a leading international supplier of genetically improved and tested germplasm, with some 50% of its trade with countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Since 1989, the Centre has sent seeds for research purposes to 20 African countries and another 18 countries around the world. In 1992, it joined the CIDA-funded SADC Tree Seed Centre Network, and now serves as a model seed centre for the SADC region.

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last updated:  Wednesday, June 27, 2007