Food Security Capacity Building

Revision and update of existing seed security assessment tools and training materials

The revision and update of the seed security conceptual framework, and the systematic review of the completed and current assessments are important preconditions to developing new training materials.

The revision and update process of the Seed Security Assessment (SSA) tools and training material has been initiated. The Technical seed security assessment workshop conducted from 28 to 30 April 2014 in Nairobi was an important step to discuss and review the training used in the South Sudan and Mali, to gather feedback from participants as well as lessons learnt. Over a period of six months, consultations with stakeholders and education professionals are achieving the drafting, peer review and development of the following:

These materials have being developed in English, French and Spanish. The materials have been used and further improved in Seed Security Assessments conducted in 2014 and 2015 in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa region. Both the Trainers and Training of Trainers SSA training materials are based on the revised Seed Security Conceptual Framework, and consists in the following modules and SSA tools:

SSA training modules

1. Introduction to SSA
2. Seed Systems: basic concepts
3. Seed Security Conceptual Framework (SSCF)
4. Seed interventions in the recent past
5. The five basic steps for conducting SSAPreparation for SSA

  • Baseline information
  • Understanding Disaster/Crisis
  • Diagnosis of seed insecurity
  • Action plan

6. SSA site section and tools for data collection

SSA Tools for primary data collection

  • Household survey (HHS) questionnaire;
  • Local market survey (LMS) questionnaire;
  • Seed company/agro-input dealers (A-I-D) questionnaire;
  • Key informants interview (KII) guide (for government, non-governmental technocrats and local/community leaders);
  • Focus groups discussion (FGD) guide (Mixed, male and/or female FGD based on the socio-cultural context);
  • Seed Grower (SG) guide – for individuals and/or seed group
  • Checklist for seed aid agencies;
  • Biophysical (field) assessment form for VPC (under development).

7. Introduction to field work preparations

8. Field work – data collection, handling and management

9. Result synthesis and reporting - analysis,  interpretations and reporting

10. Validation and stakeholders meetings

In addition to the seven modules there are three variants of the seed security assessment guidelines:


  • Variant 1: focuses on field crops (grain legumes and cereals);
  • Variant 2: tackles vegetatively propagated crops;
  • Variant 3: is concerned with vegetables.

Variant 1 has been developed and tested in South Sudan, and variants 2 and 3 are now in the process of being developed.

The structure of the guidelines is such that different combinations of the modules and variants can be used according to circumstances. Training materials and also a simple analysis package in excel have also been developed.

Experience in the South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Mali, Chang and Burkina Faso suggests that it is possible to produce a final report four weeks from the start of the enumerator training and using all the seven modules. This issue will be explored in subsequent exercises under the project.