Project timeframe: 2010-2013
Project goal: to contribute to improved food security of smallholder farmers in the SADC region through increased availability of and access to improved seeds.
- A major constraint to agricultural productivity and food security in SADC is an inadequate supply of high quality seed due to climatic, economic and social factors.
- In years of seed shortage member states need to import seeds from neighboring countries. However, this process can be complicated because laws and regulations are disjointed.
- The implementation of the SADC Harmonized Seed Regulatory System will make a significant difference
- Seed variety release policies in the target countries aligned with SADC Protocols
- Phytosanitary policies in the target countries aligned with SADC Protocols
- Seed certification policies in the target countries aligned with SADC Proto-cols
- Measures to operationalize the re-aligned policies introduced and related capacity of government, civil service and other key stakeholders strength-ened
- Seed certification facilities strengthened and successfully functioning in the four focal countries
This project contributes to CAADP:
- Pillar 2 – rural infrastructure and trade related capacities for market access;
- Pillar 3 – food and nutrition security; and
- Pillar 4– agricultural research, technolo-gy dissemination and adoption
FANRPAN’s pilot project (2010-13) in four SADC member states aims to pro-vide enabling support to domesticate the regional seed protocol.
The four pilot countries are: Malawi; Swaziland; Zambia and Zimbabwe
FANRPAN makes use of the following instruments:
- Policy dialogue platforms
- Policy research and advocacy
- Review of national policy and legislation
- Training of farmers
- Monitoring, evaluation, learning and knowledge sharing mine compliance with the SADC Seed Certification System