The harvest is in the seed

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Week 84 – Technical guidelines: Seed Aid for Seed Security: Advice for Practitioners, Practice Briefs 1-10

Authors: Louise Sperling and Tom Remington with Jon M. Haugen, 2006: International Center for Tropical Agriculture and Catholic Relief Services Keywords: practitioners; emergencies; risk Seed aid needs to be improved. Case studies show seed-based agricultural recovery to be more complex than is commonly assumed.

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Week 83 – Technical guidelines: Seed Emergency Response Tool (SERT)

Authors: ISSD, SeedSystem, Mercy Corps, 2022 Keywords: small seed enterprises; Farmers’ seed systems; emergencies The Seed Emergency Response Tool (SERT), developed by Mercy Corps and SeedSystem through ISSD Africa, is for policy makers, program managers, and field staff engaged in emergency and early recovery agricultural responses.

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Week 82 – Technical guidelines: Seed systems in conflict-affected areas: A Context Analysis Tool

Authors: ISSD, SeedSystem, Mercy Corps, 2022 Keywords: small seed enterprises; Farmers’ seed systems; emergencies Seed systems in fragile states differ from seed systems in more stable environments.

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Week 81 – Technical guidelines: Seeds in Emergencies: a technical handbook

Author: FAO; 2010 Keywords: small seed enterprises; Farmers’ seed systems; emergencies The seed security of small-scale rural households is often put at risk by natural and human-caused disasters. As a consequence, seeds are frequently provided to vulnerable households as part of the emergency response.

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Week 80 – Research Paper: Promoting smallholder seed enterprises: quality seed production of rice, maize, sorghum and millet in northern Cameroon

Author: Robert G. Guei, Abdoulaye Barra and Drissa Silue´; 2011 Keywords: small seed enterprises; Cameroon; quality seed Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) conducted two projects in Cameroon on strengthening rice, and sorghum, maize and millet seed production by smallholder seed enterprises (SSEs).

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Week 79 – Policy Guidelines: Guidelines For Developing a National Strategy for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Author: FAO; 2015 Keywords: policy; governance; plant genetic resources These guidelines shall assist countries to implement the Second GPA in harmony with other relevant national and international commitments.

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Week 78 – Case study: Report of the analytical study of the seed system of Burkina Faso

Authors: AFD, Terre solidaire, PAGEN; 2020 Keywords: Burkina Faso; integrated seed system; governance In Africa in general and in West Africa in particular, there are two main seed systems that coexist: the formal system and the informal system.

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Week 77 – Proceedings: Report of a technical consultation to promote public-private partnerships for pre-breeding

Authors: ITPGRFA, FAO, CNR, 2013 Key words: public-private partnership; pre-breeding; governance Mutually beneficial public-private partnerships, as an integral part of crop improvement, are critically important for pre-breeding.

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Week 76 – Policy Guidance: Community Seed Production – Workshop Proceedings 9-11 December 2013

Authors: CO Ojiewo, S Kugbei, Z Bishaw and JC Rubyogo (eds) , 2013 Key words: governance; community seeds Over the past decade, there has been an emerging trend to lower yield gaps through promoting more efficient and accessible input markets and ‘market-led technology adoption in agriculture’.

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Week 75 – Policy Guidance: The Seed Sector in Africa: Status Report and Ten-year Action Plan (2020-2030): A Summary

Author: African Union Commission; 2021 Key words: governance; access to seeds; seed regulations Seed sector development has been on the agenda of Heads of State and Government since 2005.

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