Guidance Note: Seed Security Assessment and Distribution - Food Security Sector (11 April, 2019)

Post date Sunday, 14 April, 2019 - 14:38
Document Type Tools and Guidance
Content Themes Resilience, Emergency Response, Agriculture, Livelihoods, Food Security
Sources Food Security Cluster / Sector

Seeds are critical for addressing the dual challenges of food insecurity and climate change. Farmers depend on quality seed of appropriate varieties to attain food security. However, in recent times, natural disasters, such as droughts, floods and hurricanes, and human-caused disasters, such as wars and civil conflicts, have had an increasingly devastating impact on rural livelihoods and crop production systems, by halting crop production, destroying agricultural assets, hindering farmers’ access to agricultural inputs and decreasing food security. 
The objective for this Rapid Seed System Security Assessment (RSSA) in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa (BAY) states is to provide a guidance that can enable a better understanding of the seed security situation in the North Eastern States of Nigeria. The guidance will assist organizations to conduct a RSSA that can inform responses with an evidence to the existing seed crisis resulting from the conflict-triggered displacements, seed loss and poor season crop performances.
The guidance note is also providing input on how to:
 - Analyze and assess seed systems and seed security.  

     - Design seed-assistance interventions.  

      - Monitor and evaluate seed-assistance interventions.
This guidance note will assist partners’ staff in identifying seed quality problems that can occur during seed relief activities and in taking appropriate action to maintain seed quality standards.
This guideline intends to assist food security partners in improving their planning, seed systems security assessment, and the quality and effectiveness of seed they provide in emergency and early recovery interventions.

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