Seeds are a key input for successful smallholder production. In fragile areas (or post-conflict areas) the common seed savings, acquisition and distribution systems are often distorted following conflict or disaster. Well-managed seed interventions can increase food security and communities’ resilience to hazards and conflict
A recently published Cordaid report, reviews recent literature on seed aid, seed systems, seed security and seed governance.
The 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 to develop new forms of seed interventions and seed governance mechanisms. This report will be a source of inspiration for other actors to (re-)consider their policies related to seed interventions in relief and development.