Food Security Capacity Building

Strengthen the seed security assessment network and Community of Practice

There is a need to create a platform for information and knowledge exchange on seed security assessments so that practitioners can share experiences and ask questions. There should be a repository of tools for conducting seed security assessments as well as sharing assessments reports.

In consultation with stakeholders, project staff worked together to develop the seed security assessments Community of Practice communications architecture. Activities included:

  • the compilation of a list of practitioners and decision-makers in the eight pilot countries as well as at the global level;
  • the organization of objectives and scope of the CoP.

A major step towards this has been the discussions and agreements reached during the Expert Consultation Workshop on Seed Security Assessment organized in Addis Ababa in December 2013.

The proposed architecture has been presented at the Seed component meeting which has taken place on 28-30 April 2014 in Nairobi.

The CoP is currently active and has two components: the CoP for the Horn of Africa where discussions are in English, and the Sahel "Communité de Pratique", which held in French.

Seed Security Community of Practice for the Horn of Africa

The first discussion has taken place from 21 to 31 May, 2014 and members have given their views on the draft report on a meta analysis of past and current seed security assessments. Click here to download the summary of the discussion. 

The second discussion has taken place from 31 July to 15 August, 2014 and members have given their views on the issue of unsuitable varieties being provided to affected populations in the form of seed aid in the Horn of Africa region.

The third discussion was held from 6 to 27 February, 2015 and participants have debated around themes of key importance for seed security interventions, including direct seed distribution and variety suitability. Click here to download the summary of the discussion. 


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