Seeds are an essential element for increasing agricultural production and productivity. Seeds, fertilizers, and water (irrigation and good agricultural practices) are the three main pillars essential for increasing agricultural productivity.In Mali, as with other crops, access to quality inputs remains a challenge along the horticultural value chain. Under the vegetable partnership between SCS International and 2SCALE, farmers faced difficulties in accessing quality inputs, which negatively affected productivity and product quality. Initially, they had three supply options: self-production of seeds, individual purchase of inputs on the market, or pre-financing of inputs for the season by SCS, the main buyer of the crops. This pre-financing system carried many risks for the champion. Previously, SCS took the full risk of providing inputs to producers on credit in exchange for payment at harvest. However, the company was always disappointed when producers reported production losses at harvest time. Indeed, in the absence of monitoring, the producers do not respect the technical production itineraries. In addition, there are parallel sales to other buyers.
With a loss of more than 8 million CFA ($ ) registered credits, the business champion was forced to limit its pre-financing favors to producers. However, the seeds usually purchased on the market are not of good quality, and often have a low germination rate.