Tools

We define a tool” as any method, model, approach, or information and communication technology (ICT) used to study, diagnose, evaluate, and improve a root, tuber or banana seed system 

The tools are designed to be used by 

  • Researchers with the goal of studying seed systems or parts of them,  
  • Policy makers with the goal of developing, strengthening, and supporting seed systems, and  
  • Practitioners with the goal of designingmonitoring, and evaluating seed system projects 
  • Plant breeders who define product/client profiles. 

In addition to these general goals, each tool has a specific purpose. At the moment, the toolbox contains 11 tools and detailed glossary, but new tools may be added.  Detailed information for each tool is provided in the links below (click on the icons, Table 1). In each link you will find:

  • An overview of the tool
  • Examples of questions that the tool can address
  • Links to:
    • description sheet with general information about the tool
    • peer-reviewed, preprint or working paper that describes how the tool has been used and how it was developed, or adapted from an existing tool
    • user guide, with procedures on how to use the tool
    • communication materials, if available.

Which tool to use?

To select the right tool, the toolbox has two entry points: the seed system and the project cycle.

 

Table 1. Toolbox for seed systems of roots, tubers, and bananas: Tools and their purpose. 

Identify stakeholders, coordination breakdowns, bottlenecks. Rapid assessment of seed availability, access, and quality

Evaluate the likely outcomes for the current seed system, and for potential interventions in it, in scenario analyses

Organize information to enable quality seed production, certification, market linkages and to integrate the seed value chain

Evaluate how a scenario for the potential use of formal seed, disease resistance, and on-farm management are likely to affect crop health

Map parts of the seed system such as volume of seed distributed, transaction types or types of varieties

Understand farmers’ use of seed

Characterize seed and variety diversity and use

Understand farmers’ motivations for preferring particular seed types and sources, and the expected benefits

Elicit individual’s willingness to pay (WTP) and willingness to accept (WTA) seed traded in the market

Analyze seed regulatory frameworks and implications for vegetatively propagated crops from different stakeholder perspectives 

Prepare a business plan and analyze the financial sustainability of a seed enterprise 

Cites published literature to define and explain important terms in seed systems research and development  

We define a tool” as any method, model, approach, or information and communication technology (ICT) used to study, diagnose, evaluate, and improve a root, tuber or banana seed system 

The tools are designed to be used by 

  • Researchers with the goal of studying seed systems or parts of them,  
  • Policy makers with the goal of developing, strengthening, and supporting seed systems, and  
  • Practitioners with the goal of designingmonitoring, and evaluating seed system projects 
  • Plant breeders who define product/client profiles. 

In addition to these general goals, each tool has a specific purpose. At the moment, the toolbox contains 11 tools and detailed glossary, but new tools may be added.  Detailed information for each tool is provided in the links below (click on the icons, Table 1). In each link you will find:

  • An overview of the tool
  • Examples of questions that the tool can address
  • Links to:
    • description sheet with general information about the tool
    • peer-reviewed, preprint or working paper that describes how the tool has been used and how it was developed, or adapted from an existing tool
    • user guide, with procedures on how to use the tool
    • communication materials, if available.

Table 1. Toolbox for seed systems of roots, tubers, and bananas.  

 Tool Link
Name  and Purpose 
Multi-stakeholder framework
Identify stakeholders, coordination breakdowns, bottlenecks. Rapid assessment of seed availability, access, and quality
Impact network analysis
Evaluate the likely outcomes for the current seed system, and for potential interventions in it, in scenario analyses
Seed Tracker
Organize information to enable quality seed production, certification, market linkages and to integrate the seed value chain
Integrated seed health approaches and models
Evaluate how a scenario for the potential use of formal seed, disease resistance, and on-farm management are likely to affect crop health
Seed tracing
Map parts of the seed system such as volume of seed distributed, transaction types or types of varieties
Small N exploratory case study
Understand farmers’ use of seed
Four-square method
Characterize seed and variety diversity and use
Means-end chain analysis
Understand farmers’ motivations for preferring particular seed types and sources, and the expected benefits
Experimental auctions
Elicit individual’s willingness to pay (WTP) and willingness to accept (WTA) seed traded in the market
Seed regulatory framework analysis
Analyze seed regulatory frameworks and implications for vegetatively propagated crops from different stakeholder perspectives
 
Sustainable early generationseed businessanalysis tool(SEGSBAT)
Prepare a business plan and analyze the financial sustainability of a seed
enterprise 
Glossary of root, tuber and banana seed systems
C
ites published literature to define and explain important terms in seed systems research and development  

Which tool to use?

To select the right tool, the toolbox has two entry points: the seed system and the project cycle.

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