ISSD Africa, Mercy Corps, and SeedSystem
ISSD Africa | Mercy Corps | SeedSystem | SCALE
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The Seed Emergency Response Tool (SERT) has two main components: it presents the background and concepts needed to understand how farmers in stress periods might obtain the seed they want and need; the tool synthesizes the growing body of ‘good or better practices’ linked to seed security planning, assessment, and response. This SERT is for policymakers, program managers, and field staff engaged in emergency and early recovery agricultural responses. It should help ensure that those new to this area of work, as well as those with experience, can make informed, quality decisions about the choice of a seed security intervention and how best to implement it. While the guidance and lessons shared in this SERT largely focus on smallholder farmers in Africa, the tool has wider geographic application.

Watch SERT Explainer Video