Fatal gaps in seed security strategy

L. Sperling, S. McGuire

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Abstract

Seed security initiatives are proliferating in both developmental and crisis contexts but the field as a whole is weak in critical thinking. Two gaps in particular are explored in this paper: the need to set explicit seed security goals and the need to ensure balance among the security elements of availability, access and quality. Differences in the planning and implementing of seed security initiatives are examined in some detail for programs that variously aim for: food production, nutritional enhancement, system resilience, and income generation. Results show that one seed security program is not like another and that features such as partner choice, product design, delivery and awareness-raising strategy need to be tailored to meet the overarching goals. The paper closes with five key policy and programming recommendations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-579
Number of pages11
JournalFood Security
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Food security
  • Seed security
  • Nutrition
  • Resilience
  • Climate change

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