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Webinar June 8, 16:00 - 17:00 EAT 
Launching the Seed Emergency
Response Tool (SERT)

Register now! Join ISSD Africa, Mercy Corps, and SeedSystem on June 8th to learn about a new practical guide for humanitarian practitioners: the Seed Emergency Response Tool (SERT). 

When: Wednesday June 8 - 16:00-17:00 EAT
Register: Click here

This webinar announces the launch of the Seed Emergency Response Tool (SERT). The SERT is for policy makers, program managers, and field staff engaged in emergency and early recovery agricultural responses. It helps those new to this area of work, as well as those with experience, to make informed, quality decisions about the choice of a seed security intervention and how best to implement it.

Effective seed security responses require strategic thinking and deliberate design actions. Clear goals must be set; choices among equally good interventions need to be mapped out; and the selection of appropriate responses must be geared to equitably meet the varied needs of men and women farmers. The SERT provides guidance on how best to tackle these tasks. 

The SERT also synthesizes the growing body of good or better practices linked to seed security response. It is framed by a set of 10 core principles and accompanied by field-tested tools: decision trees for choosing a suitable intervention; checklists for evaluating responses; and reference materials for those seeking more technical detail. 

Come learn more about the tool and its contents on June 8th! Full speaker list forthcoming.

More information and registration

Webinar June 15, 15:00 - 16:00 EAT 
Overcoming gender-related barriers
to boost seed entrepreneurship

Register now! Join this webinar to hear insights for supporting women’s success in seed business.

When: Wednesday June 15 - 15:00-16:00 EAT
Register: Click here

Watch the introductory video here

Seed entrepreneurs in Africa south of the Sahara have different motivations to go into business, face specific challenges in starting up their seed operations, and have to deal with persistent barriers to sustained success.

This webinar will discuss findings of a multi-country study that applies a gender lens to what drives seed entrepreneurism, and assesses factors that specifically influence women’s success in seed business.  

The webinar will show findings from three case studies: chicken seed dissemination in Ethiopia and Tanzania; tilapia seed production in Ghana; and marketing and trading of improved maize and sorghum seeds in Kenya.

An interactive discussion with the panel of authors will provide an opportunity to explore the implications of the findings for follow-up research and programme design.


  • Berber Kramer, Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute and Topic Lead for ISSD Africa Topic on Gender Dynamics in Seed Systems.
  • Tatiana Gumucio, Research Scientist at Clark University.
  • Catherine Ragasa, Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute.
  • Alessandra Galiè, Senior Gender Scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute.
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