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Improving responses to seed insecurity

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In times of emergency or natural disasters, seed systems may be disrupted. In these situations, donors aim to deliver rapid-response interventions, but these interventions are often hastily thought out, context-inappropriate and risk weakening the overall system as it recovers and develops. This action learning project proposes to examine donor responses in situations of seed insecurity and aims to develop and/or adapt existing tools to allow donors to 1) quickly assess the context and prioritize their interventions in a timely, coordinated and effective manner, and 2) ensure that their interventions minimally disrupt current market systems and actors, and that they increase overall resilience of the system and ability to bounce back from future shocks.

Action learning questions

Key question 1: How can we improve the impact of emergency seed interventions?

Sub questions which may be addressed during the course of study:

Key question 2: How can emergency interventions help create more resilient and improved seed systems in the long-term?

Sub questions which may be addressed during the course of study:


Outcome 1: International actors understand and have clear guidance on how to implement efficient and timely emergency seed responses

Outcome 2: International actors include best-practice principles around emergency seed responses to ensure interventions contribute to long-term resilience of systems

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