WEBINAR: Market-led Interventions for Seed Security Response

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.

Recording forthcoming

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
Panelists discussed how on the supply side, interventions tend to focus on formal sector market support to ensure seed availability, particularly for improved or modern varieties. They will dive into the potential for both donors and implementors to be more innovative in developing market-led interventions that go beyond seed availability support.

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.


Jean Claude

Jean Claude Rubyogo
Director, Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA)
Jean Claude Rubyogo is the Leader of the Bean Programme and Director of PABRA at the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (ABC). For more than 30 years, he has focused on… more

Stephen Walsh
Agriculture Advisor, USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs
Stephen Walsh is an agriculture advisor with USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs, formerly Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). He has been privileged to work collaboratively with research and development colleagues at… more

Jules Keane
Independent Consultant
Jules Keane is an independent consultant with over 20 years’ experience in international development in both Africa and Asia. Having fulfilled operational, management, and technical roles, she brings a systems-thinking approach… more

Kate Longley
Senior Technical Advisor, Catholic Relief Services
Kate Longley currently leads the Humanitarian Aid and Resilience portfolio within the Supporting Seed Systems for Development (S34D) Activity. S34D is a five-year Leader with Associates Award, funded by the Feed the Future… more

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