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Title:A Seed Industry Analysis of the Southern Africa Region
Author(s):Jangulo, Maurice Chaaba
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Sonka, Steven T.
Department / Program:Horticulture
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Business Administration, Management
Agriculture, General
Economics, Agricultural
Abstract:The provision of improved seed is a cost effective way of making available the benefits of genetic research to increase food production. The importance of genetic based advances will become more pronounced as the amount of arable land declines and non-renewable energy sources become scarce.
Research was conducted to investigate the structure and dynamics of the seed industry in five southern African countries (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Malawi). An innovative methodology for strategic analysis was developed. This approach allows the researcher to define important sector relationships and to construct scenarios of the future linked to those relationships.
Current trends and key driving forces to seed industry growth were identified. The results suggest that there is a need to reassess the breeding strategies, training requirements, and management needs. Uncertainty is an integral component of the future environment and it must be structured and incorporated into the planning process.
A major impact of the research is in the application and extension of frameworks for strategic analysis to the seed sector in developing countries. Agribusiness managers need more than single point predictions to assess the future in developing countries. Understanding the driving forces for change within an industry may be a more reliable indicator to assessment of opportunities.
Issue Date:1993
Description:158 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI9314886
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-17
Date Deposited:1993

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