1 July 2020. From contexts of emergencies to times of peace, markets are pivotal in helping farmers access seed. In this webinar, panelists presented lessons from two reviews of market-led emergency seed interventions, analyzing both the supply and demand side.
- Supply-side interventions: A recent review of market-led seed security interventions by Stephen Walsh and Louise Sperling found that supply-side interventions tend to focus on formal sector market support to ensure seed availability, particularly for improved or modern varieties. The review could not document any in-depth cases of supply-side interventions oriented towards the informal seed sector.
- Demand-side interventions: Cash transfers in humanitarian settings. From the demand side, cash transfers offer flexible market-led interventions to support farmers’ access to seed in emergency contexts. A study by Jules Keane, Dina Brick and Louise Sperling found that the use of cash transfers specifically for emergency seed security interventions is limited but growing in prevalence.
On the demand side, the reviews find that cash transfers for emergency seed security interventions are growing in prevalence. The panelists will explore how cash transfers expand the range of options available to farmers in emergency contexts and how they may be most effective when combined with complementary programming such as technical or business training.