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HaSSP vulnerability analysis of seed farmers in Zaka, Zimbabwe
23 November 2012


This report was developed for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) by Development Data (DD) following a survey on seed farmers in Zaka District, Zimbabwe. This survey was commissioned within FANRPAN’s Harmonised Seed Security Project (HaSSP). This follows a mid-term review meeting of the project where one of the key action points was to conduct a vulnerability assessment of participating seed farmers. Development Data partnered Agricultural Technical and Extension Service (Agritex), and GRM International to assess vulnerability levels of seed famers in the district using the Household Assets Vulnerability Assessment (HAVA), previously Househould Vulnerability Index (HVI), assessment tool.

The HAVA is a product of FANRPAN, and consists of a statistical index that measures household vulnerability, a data management system, and a reporting framework. The aim of the index is to improve planning and targeting of humanitarian and development interventions. The HAVA constructs a statistical score for each household based on 15 variables (called dimensions). The result is what is called the HAVA and it is used to classify households into three categories according to their level of vulnerability: low vulnerability, moderate vulnerability and high vulnerability. Based on these different vulnerability levels, specific relief or development packages are recommended to policy makers and development agencies to assist the affected households overcome their vulnerability.

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