Multi-stakeholder framework for Intervening in Root, Tuber and Banana Seed Systems


The multi-stakeholder framework gives researchers, policy makers, and practitioners a quick overview of root, tuber and banana seed systems. The framework is a table, with rows of stakeholders (such as seed producers, seed traders, and extensionists) and columns of seed system functions (availability of seed, access, and quality). It is best applied during workshops and field visits as a first step towards understanding a seed system, to plan a project. The framework can also be used to monitor or evaluate an intervention. The framework usually needs to be complemented with more in-depth studies using other tools.

Examples of questions that the tool can address
  • Who are the specific stakeholders of a seed system?
  • What is their perspective regarding seed availability, access, and quality? How do men and women farmers differ in their access to quality seed?
  • What coordination breakdowns occur among stakeholders and how can these be resolved?
For more information on the tool

Contact Jorge Andrade-Piedra (International Potato Center):

CIP’s partners meet at the Technical University of Cotopaxi in Salcedo, Ecuador. They are using the multi-stakeholder framework to understand potato seed systems in the Andean highlands in March 2018. (Photo: I. Navarrete/CIP-WUR)