This section shares the basic tools and practical planning aids needed to assess seed security— that is, to conduct a Seed System Security Assessment (SSSA). We stress the concept of a seed ‘system’ since assessments of seed security go well beyond tallying up seed needs, although that may be part of the work. Attaining seed security means finding ways to support the systems that give farmers ongoing access to seed of the crops and varieties they require.
The three links below allow managers and field practitioners to plan and implement an SSSA.
The Guide gives an overview of the SSSA approach: its rationale, where and when it can be used, key questions and checklists. The Specific Tools share actual forms (downloadable!) that can be used in the field; the Tips give detailed insights on logistics.