Assessing seed system security is a process which originated in work done in the late 1990’s by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and was continued by other seed aid practitioner organizations, notably FAO and CIAT. A tool was developed which went through several iterations of use and modification before being published by CIAT in August 2008.
Over the past years, this tool has been extensively used and gradually improved, but requires additional adaption, refinement and simplification with the aims of:
- increasing its ease of use among a variety of practitioners across different contexts;
- ensuring it is in line with an accountability to affected populations approach;
- creating stronger links between assessment, analysis, recommendation and actions.
In particular, the need has been identified to develop a rapid version which could be used by practitioners in emergency contexts and which would take into account dimensions of community and household resilience (or lack of) in crisis.
It was in acknowledgement of this that FAO hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop on mainstreaming seed security assessments in November 2012. Much of the content for activities under the Seed Security Assessment (SSA) component of the project springs directly from this workshop.
The objective of the SSA component is to strengthen capacity of humanitarian professionals and public institutions to conduct high quality and rapid seed security assessments.
- Reviewing and enhancing existing Seed Security Conceptual Framework
- Conducting a systematic review of completed and on-going seed security assessments
- Strengthening the seed security assessment network / Community of Practice
- Revising and updating existing seed security assessment guidelines and training materials
- Conducting training at regional level (training of trainers)
- Supporting assessment processes at country level
This component is supported by a global advisory group consisting of key experts involved in seed security assessment.