A recently published Cordaid report, reviews recent literature on seed aid, seed systems, seed security and seed governance. It explores opportunities for Cordaid to optimize its seed aid interventions.
Seeds are a key input for successful smallholder production. In fragile areas the common seed savings, acquisition and distribution systems are often distorted following conflict or disaster. Cordaid aims to develop a coherent and conflict-sensitive approach to seed system rehabilitation; e.g. through seed provision, or the revival of seed markets at local, regional and national levels.
Well-managed seed interventions can increase food security and communities’ resilience to hazards and conflict
The newly published report – Seed governance: From Seed aid to Seed system security in Fragile areas – is written by Petra Rietberg, Hein Gevers and Otto Hospes of Wageningen University and is part of Cordaid’s learning agenda. It makes clear that seed interventions merit specific attention as they are a key factor in defining the agricultural production system after conflict or disaster. Well-managed seed interventions can increase food security and communities’ resilience to hazards and conflict.
The report was presented during a workshop with renowned seed experts at the Dutch Africa Day (1st November 2014). A previous version of this report was discussed during an international Expert Consultation held in The Hague on 17 June 2014, with about 20 representatives from Dutch government, international institutions, private sector, and NGOs.
Cordaid strongly believes in co-creation. By working together with governmental and non-governmental actors we aim to develop new forms of seed interventions and seed governance mechanisms. We hope that the current report will be a source of inspiration for other actors to (re-)consider their policies related to seed interventions in relief and development.
For more information, please contact Peter Ton, Expert Food Security.