A Manual on Planning and Implementing Seed Fairs in Zinbabwe uri icon


  • This manual non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Zimbabwe that have interests in implementing voucher based seed fairs. Extensive field visits were carried out by ICRISAT during the period 2004 to 2006 to assess the implementation of seed fairs by different NGOs across Zimbabwe. Review meetings with NGO staff were carried out to discuss seed fair processes, lessons, and how best to improve on the implementation. Based on these consultation a need for a revised guide to implementing seed fairs was agreed upon and ICRISAT held wide consultations with donors, NGOs, national extension staff and representatives of seed companies and agro-dealers, in order to draft a seed fair manual. This manual will benefit first time seed fair implementers and will set the bases for improving the process for more experienced agencies delivering agricultural inputs through voucherbased fairs.The manual provides a brief background to alternative agricultural input delivery systems and discusses concerns with direct seed distributions. Seed fairs are being promoted by NGOs as more cost-effective relief delivery system with potential to strengthen rural seed markets and at the same time enhance agro-biodiversity. The use of vouchers in relief programs is preferred as this is easier to monitor, providing better accountability, and generally meeting donor requirements. The major part of this manual describes different stages of seed fair implementation. These include the planning process, sensitization of participants and the final evaluation process. The last section compares the cost effectiveness of different relief input delivery systems, where seed fairs are more cost effective; particularly when seed is obtained from local farmers

publication date

  • 2008