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CALR Technical and Financial Proposal
Study to Review Domestication Processes of SADC Technical Agreements on Seed Harmonization in HaSSP Project Countries
June 2012


The Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP) is a sub-regional 4 year project being implemented by the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). The project aims to, amongst other things, facilitate the domestication of SADC Technical seed-related Agreements on Seed Variety Release, Seed Certification and Quality Assurance, and Quarantine and Phytosanitary Measures for Seed in 6 pilot countries in the region. These countries are: Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The project is currently in its second half of implementation.

Domestication of SADC legal instruments is inherently a legal process. It entails establishing the SADC legal regime on seed laws as a basis for creating harmony between national legislation on seeds. The main objective of harmonizing these laws is to foster an even, level and enabling environment that facilitates seed trade between countries in the region. The reverse scenario is what currently obtains; where countries have seed laws that contain different and at times conflicting approaches and standards on seed variety release, seed certification, and quarantine and phytosanitary measures. Such a fragmented legal framework inhibits the free movement of seed between countries in the region.

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