Africa Seed Sector Analysis - Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The African seeds market is segmented into seed type (non-GM/hybrid seeds, GM seeds, and varietal seeds) and crop type (grains and cereals, oilseeds, vegetables, and other crop types). By geography, the market is segmented into South Africa and Rest of Africa.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2016-2025
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 5.6 %

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Market Overview

The African seeds market is expected to register a CAGR of 5.6%, during the forecast period (2020-2025). Africa is a minor player in the global seed trade, and approximately 80% of the farmers in the region save seeds for replantation. The seed is one of the most basic and important agricultural inputs. It forms the third-largest inputs market after agrochemicals and farm machinery, globally. In African agriculture, the seed industry is the major contributor to the sustainable food production.

The major factors driving the industry include population growth, urbanization, income growth, and high output prices. Africa has the potential for growth of this industry as high yielding and hybrid crops can increase the productivity and income of the region.

Scope of the Report

In this report, the market has been broadly segmented into non-GM/hybrid seeds, GM seeds, and varietal seeds. GM seeds are further divided by trait type into herbicide-tolerant seeds, insect-resistant seeds, abiotic stress resistance seeds, and other seeds with stacked traits. By crop type, the industry is again segmented into grains and cereals (maize, rice, wheat, and sorghum), oilseeds (soybean, sunflower, cotton, canola, and rapeseed), vegetables (Solanaceae, cucurbit, root and bulbs, brassica, and other vegetables), and other seeds. By geography, the market is segmented into South Africa and the rest of Africa. The report provides an in-depth analysis of various parameters of the seeds market, like growth trends and competitor analysis.

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Focus on Nutrition Security

A major threat to Africa is its nutritional insecurity and deficient diet plans. Low access to food, high nutritional requirements, and high agricultural productivity gap are the major problems faced by the African population. Vegetables are important sources of micronutrients and fibers. By utilizing these newly developing vegetable seed varieties, the expansion of home gardens is planned in several countries, with an aim to contribute to the growth of nutritional security in Africa. Africa has the potential for growth of this industry as high yielding and hybrid crops can increase the productivity and income of the region. Thus, the demand for vegetables to meet the nutritional requirement creates a demand for quality seeds.

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Increasing Demand for Grains, Oils, and Vegetables

Grains, unlike other foods, have a better shelf life and can be stored for a longer time period. They are also a rich source of carbohydrates and proteins and are energy-dense foods. Currently, they provide 30% of the total calories in an average African diet. Therefore, they are very popular and experience heavy demand across the Asian region. The demand for vegetables in Africa is growing because of the rising population, and an increasing number of people living in the cities demand the vegetables. This growing demand is a sign of positive development for the seed market.

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Competitive Landscape

A good number of private companies have flourished in the region after the 2002 governmental liberalization of the seed sector in the country. The African seed market is slightly fragmented. The key players in the market are Monsanto, Capstone seeds, Syngenta Rijk Zwaan, and KWS SAAT SE & Co.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Conventional Seed

      2. 5.1.2 Hybrid Seed

      3. 5.1.3 GM Seeds

    2. 5.2 Crop Type

      1. 5.2.1 Grain and cereal

      2. 5.2.2 Oil Seeds

      3. 5.2.3 Vegetables

      4. 5.2.4 Other Crop Types

    3. 5.3 By Geography

      1. 5.3.1 South Africa

      2. 5.3.2 Egypt

      3. 5.3.3 Nigeria

      4. 5.3.4 Ethiopia

      5. 5.3.5 Rest of Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Bayer AG

      2. 6.3.2 Syngenta Seed SA (Pty) Ltd

      3. 6.3.3 Capstone seeds

      4. 6.3.4 Rijk Zwaan Zaadteelt en Zaadhandel B.V.

      5. 6.3.5 KWS SAAT SE & Co.

      6. 6.3.6 Seed Co Limited

      7. 6.3.7 Sakata Seed Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd

      8. 6.3.8 Pannar Seed (PTY) Ltd

      9. 6.3.9 Dow Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Africa Seed Industry market is studied from 2016 - 2025.

The Africa Seed Industry is growing at a CAGR of 5.6% over the next 5 years.

Syngenta Seed S.A. (Pty.) Ltd., Capstone seed, Monsanto Company , Rijk Zwaan are the major companies operating in Africa Seed Industry.

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