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 four 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 as well as an automated data analysis program. The interactive e-Learning course introduces essential steps in both an assessment and choice of response, and moves the participant though practical (and fun!) exercises using real field examples. Finally, tips give detailed insights into field planning and implementation logistics.

When Disaster Strikes: overall assessment guideSeed System Security Assessment: specific toolsSeed System Security Assessment & Response: an e-Learning courseTips for Planning & Implementation