Africa Vegetable Seed Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Africa Vegetable Seed Market is segmented by Crop type into the tomato, cabbage, onion, carrot, okra, and others, and by Country into Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Market Snapshot

Market Snapshot 1
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 6.2 %

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Market Overview

The African Vegetable Seed Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period (2020-2025). South Africa accounts for prominent market share owing to the its largest vegetable seed production in the region. Non-profit organizations and many regional regulatory bodies promoting vegetable breeding and an increase in food demand and the need for sustainable agriculture development are some of the factors driving the market growth. Low access to high-quality seeds, high capital investment and operational costs and lack of awareness of the nutritional benefits of consuming vegetables are some of the factors restraining the market growth.

Scope of the Report

A seed is a mature ovule consisting of an embryonic plant (dormant) along with the stored nutrients required for the embryonic plant, all surrounded by a protective coat. A seed is a living entity and a biological product that can die, depending upon its genetic potential to remain viable and its storage conditions. Seeds can be classified in various ways, such as botanical characters (botanical classification), crop type, uses, etc. The report contains a detailed analysis of various parameters of the African vegetable seed market. The market has been segmented, based on region and vegetable type.

Crop Type
South Africa
Rest of Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Economic Development and Nutrition Security is driving the market

A major threat alarming Africa is its nutritional insecurity and deficient diet plans. Vegetables are important sources of micronutrients and fibers. In Africa, government authorities are adopting a strict commitment to the development of nutritional security. In low-income countries from Africa, meeting caloric requirements is a priority, and the inclusion of vegetables in diet plans serves as an alternative to meeting the caloric requirements. Scientists and different seed companies are investing heavily in R&D, to develop highly nutritious and yielding seed varieties. 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. The agencies like The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, along with various international, local, and government associations, are supporting the Africa nutritional security programs.

Market Trends 1

Tomato Holds a Prominent Share in Vegetable Seed Market

Tomato is one of the major vegetable crops grown in the country. According to the food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), In 2018 the total tomato production in the country is reported to be 20.77 million tons as compared to its production of 20.67 million tons in 2016. Among fresh tomatoes, Florida, Heinz 1370, Karino, and Rodade are the popular cultivars. Popular newer hybrids in the market include - Fortress, Hytec, Star 9001, Star 9003, Sundance, and Zeal. Algeria, Benin, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan, Tunisia, and the United Republic of Tanzania are the major countries in the Rest of the Africa segment. All these countries have more than 20,000 hectares of yearly tomato cultivation. However, due to favorable agro-climatic conditions and comparatively better crop management practices in some of the countries (such as Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia), the average yield in this region was 47% higher than that of Africa, in the recent years


Competitive Landscape

In the African vegetable seed market, companies are not only competing based on product quality and promotion but are also focused on strategic moves, to hold a larger market share. The African vegetable seed market is fragmented, and no company has a clear stronghold in the market. This is largely due to the fact that the market is fragile and there is no regulation on seed quality and labeling, which allows the local companies to circulate their products easily in the market. Syngenta’s acquisition of MRI Zambia and its recent expansion activities provide a strong presence in the African vegetable seed market.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions & 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 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Crop Type

      1. 5.1.1 Tomato

      2. 5.1.2 Cabbage

      3. 5.1.3 Onion

      4. 5.1.4 Carrot

      5. 5.1.5 Okra

      6. 5.1.6 Others

    2. 5.2 Country

      1. 5.2.1 Kenya

      2. 5.2.2 Uganda

      3. 5.2.3 Nigeria

      4. 5.2.4 South Africa

      5. 5.2.5 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 CropScience AG

      2. 6.3.2 Kenya Seed Company

      3. 6.3.3 East African Seeds Co.

      4. 6.3.4 Rijk Zwaan Africa

      5. 6.3.5 Hygrotech

      6. 6.3.6 Premier Seeds Nigeria Limited

      7. 6.3.7 Sakata Seed Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd

      8. 6.3.8 East-West Seed

      9. 6.3.9 Victoria Seeds Limited

      10. 6.3.10 Syngenta International AG


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Africa Vegetable Seed Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Africa Vegetable Seed Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.2% over the next 5 years.

Monsanto, Hygrotech, Kenya Seed Company, Sakata Seed Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, Syngenta are the major companies operating in Africa Vegetable Seed Market.

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