Global Supporting Seed Systems for Development Activity (S34D)

Activity Overview

The Feed the Future Global Supporting Seed Systems for Development (S34D) is a Leader with Associate (LWA) activity, funded by the Feed the Future initiative through the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) and by USAID through the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). S34D was created to enhance farmers’ access to a full range of seed choices and options to maximize their responsive decision making and planning for production. The activity builds on existing partnerships and seeks to provide new insights and business models to extend the reach of quality seed to last mile users including women, youth, and vulnerable groups. S34D seeks to improve the functioning of formal, informal and emergency seed sectors in Feed the Future aligned and other priority countries with economic growth, resilience and emergency seed security programs.

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S34D’s Ethiopia
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S34D's Zambia
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Quick Facts

Life of Activity: 2018-2023

Total Ceiling: $49.5m

Donor: Feed the Future through RFS, and USAID through BHA

S34D Goal: Improved functioning of high-impact integrated seed systems through provision of customized services to USAID Missions and their IPs to upgrade seed systems.

S34D Vision: Improved choices for smallholder farmers to access quality seed of modern varieties from pluralistic, functional and sustainable seed systems for better livelihood and agricultural transformation.

Consortium: Catholic Relief Services (Prime), Agri Experience, The Alliance for Bioversity Interational and CIAT, Opportunity International

Service Providers: IFDC, Kuza, New Markets Lab, Purdue University, Wageningen Center for Development Innovation, Oxfam Novib

Geography: Global—responding to any USAID Mission’s request

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New Seed Business Models

  • New financial instruments for firms and farmers.
  • Reduce bottlenecks to seed system development, availability, access and quality.
  • Build capacity of seed companies to improve efficiency and diversify crops.
  • Catalyze new vendors of post-harvest technologies.

Digital Feedback & Last Mile Delivery

  • Fee-based multi-sided AgTech digital platform of rural agents for last mile delivery.
  • Assess farmer adoption of new varieties using point-of-sale applications.
  • Develop digital training and testing platform for seed inspectors.

Seed Diagnostics

  • Identify methods to improve market forecasting; cost and demand estimation.
  • Use DNA fingerprinting to assess genetic purity of seed.
  • Provide seed information, data and analytical services.

Emergency, Humanitarian and Resilient Seed Systems

  • Develop rapid remote seed security assessment tool.
  • Support resiliency in seed systems and mitigate market distortions.
  • Develop market-based humanitarian seed interventions.

Liberalize Seed Policies & Practices

  • Limit free seed distribution to critical needs.
  • Implement ‘stop bad seed’ strategies.
  • Support policy and regulatory reform implementation.

Integrate Seed Systems & Trade Corridors

  • Analyze seed access within target grain corridors.
  • Facilitate implementation and harmonization of regional seed catalogues and protocols.

CRS and its partners bring seed expertise across the formal and informal seed systems and humanitarian seed interventions to integrate and develop seed systems. S34D’s senior management team includes Jason Sullivan (CRS-Chief of Party), Bhramar Dey (CRS-Senior Technical Advisor MEL, Seed Policy, Data, Strategy), Shaun Ferris (CRS-Formal Seed Sector Advisor), and Kate Longley (CRS-Emergency, Humanitarian and Resilience Seed Systems Advisor). This team is strengthened by our CRS HQ staff: Sarah Beakes (Global Grants Finance Officer), Gideon Mavise (MEAL Advisor), Kelly Collis (Specialist II), and Emily Keast (Operations Specialist), as well as our consortium partners’ staff: Aline O’Connor and Mulemia Maina (AgriExperience), Tim Strong and John Magnay (Opportunity International).

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Please see the S34D publications page to view and download S34D studies, reports and publications.

Can Informal Traders Drive Seed Security? A Case of Eastern DRC's Bean and Cassava Business Read Story Empowering Zinduka Women's Group in Tanzania to Produce Quality Bean Seed and Better Their Community's Well-Being Read Story Participatory Approaches and Demand-Led Research Making Bean Seed Accessible to Millions of Smallholders in Burundi Read Story Gender and Youth-Inclusion in Financing of the Seed Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa Read Story Zambia Launching Digital Seed Inspector Training with Support from USAID Read Story Seed System Month in Review Read Story Existing & Potential Business Models on Last Mile Delivery of Seed Read Story Emergency Seed Interventions, Subsidies & the Formal Seed Sector Read Story Adoption of Cultivated Forages & Potential Impact: the Case of Ethiopia Read Story Lessons & Best Practices in Voucher versus Cash Transfer Modalities in Seed Fairs Read Story Financing Potential of the Seed Sector in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania and Niger Read Story High Quality Seed Production by Smallholder Farmer Groups: A Global Case Study Read Story Forecasting Demand for Seed: The Case of Ethiopia Read Story Digitally Tracking Dissemination & Targeting Markets: High Iron Bean Seeds in Kenya Read Story Regulatory Flexibilities Bridge Gaps Between Seed Systems Read Story Market-led Interventions for Seed Security Response Read Story Yellow Bean Corridor: Seed and Grain Trade Potential Read Story Young Entrepreneur Rethinks Future, Pursues Rural Agribusiness Read Story


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