Seed system security assessment (SSSA)




““A seed system security assessment – SSSA – determines the security of farmers’ seed systems, considering both acute stress (the emergency) and more chronic, long-term challenges. Such a focus also includes broader analysis of cropping and livelihood systems, with special focus on vulnerability and resilience. The SSSA informs donor, government, and NGO responses in agricultural relief and recovery, identifying whether interventions are needed, and guiding the choice of relief and development actions.”


“1) Seed System Security Assessment (SSSA): An essential tool for improving the effectiveness of agricultural assistance (
Further reading:
Sperling, Louise. 2008. When Disaster Strikes: A Guide to Assessing Seed System Security. CIAT Publication. Cali, Colombia: CIAT.
McGuire, S., and Sperling, L. 2016. Seed systems smallholder farmers use. Food Secur.”

Last Updated:

Nov. 2020
Seed system (National)