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Seed Security and Rehabilitation

Seed Security

The availability and access to seeds is of particular importance to farmers in developing countries or areas frequently subject to droughts or other natural or human disasters. Seed security is defined as ready access by rural households, particularly farmers and farming communities, to adequate quantities of quality seed and planting materials of crop varieties, adapted to their agro-ecological conditions and socioeconomic needs, at planting time, under normal and abnormal weather conditions. Initiatives to improve seed security need to be based on a better understanding of them.

Seed Security Assessments

An ECHO funded project is being implemented by FAO aiming at developing the capacity of humanitarian experts to conduct high quality and rapid seed security assessments so that better informed and timelier decisions are taken in seed-related interventions in emergency and rehabilitation contexts. The project, running from July 2013 to December 2014, focuses on crisis-prone countries in the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger) and the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan). Key activities include:

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