Food Security and Nutrition Network
Select Language

Resource Library: Persuasion Principles

Seed Vouchers and Fairs: A Manual for Seed-Based Agricultural Recovery after Disaster in Africa

Organizational Authors: 
Catholic Relief Services,
Overseas Development Institute (ODI),
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
Year Published: 
2002

This manual describes a new approach to post-emergency seed distribution in Africa, where farmers receive not free seed but vouchers that can be exchanged for seed at a specially organized seed fair. Seed fairs rely on commercial seed firms (where they are in operation), as well as local seed producers and traders. This approach allows farmers to choose what crops/ varieties and quantities they want. It also provides an overview of seed systems and their components, and describes how to plan and implement the seed voucher/seed fair approach. The examples quoted are from southern Sudan, but the approach can be adapted for use in other disaster-affected areas as well.

Download Resource: Seed Vouchers and Fairs: A Manual for Seed-Based Agricultural Recovery after Disaster in Africa

Share This:

Share this