Here we list recent SSSA field presentations, upcoming assessments, awareness raising events, and training opportunities. Please do contact us, if your organization has a ‘seed security event’ to share.

Event Information:

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    Key Trainers course- leading to Certification Seed System Security Assessment (SSSA)

    Zimbabwe: Harare and multiple rural sites


    Overview: With increased global scrutiny focused on ill-tailored or dependency-generating seed responses, Seed System Security Assessments (SSSAs) are rapidly becoming the de-facto tool in preventing misdiagnosis of seed insecurity. Seed security is now widely seen as distinct from food security and there is growing worldwide interest in this new field of SSSAs.

    With increased visibility, the demand for SSSAs is rising.  Seed System Security Assessments have recently been integrated into USAID guidelines and standards for best practice and organizations like Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the UN-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are routinely commissioning actual field assessments.  There is an urgent need to build a specialized set of experts who can lead such assessments worldwide.

    Course content: This course will train in both rapid and more comprehensive forms of SSSAs.  It will focus on a) analysis of all seed channels (own stocks, social networks, local networks, formal seed sellers) and b) targeted response options to deal with problems at hand.  Tools will be both qualitative and quantitative (including options for automated data tallies and table formats).  Methods for training will figure prominently as the aim to create a training of trainers capacity as well as to strengthen direct field assessments.  Note that the focus will embrace different types of disaster, chronic stress and developmental contexts (see

    Timing: 15 September to 7 October 2017

    Where: Zimbabwe, Harare and multiple rural sites:

    Preconditions for course participation:

    • At least a Bachelor of Arts/Science in fields such as : Agriculture, Rural Development, International Studies, Agronomy, Applied Economics…
    • At least five years of field experience among smallholder farmers;
    • Training experience or field mission leadership experience;
    • Time availability/flexibility to go on missions and train others;
    • Wliingness to cover airfare  (to indicate strong interest.  Exceptions can be considered).

    Certification: A partial certification will be issued to those who successfully complete the course. Full certificates will be after trainers complete an independent SSSA.
    For more  information please contact  Dr.  Louise Sperling  ( Registration form is below.

    Note that Registration will be limited to the first 20 suitable candidates.

    Registration form (to request possible place in training)