The Program

The SAMP goal is: ‘Improved seed security strategies and policies adopted in the Southern Africa Region’.

This will be achieved through a process which involves the design and implementation of key strategies aimed at improving seed security, capturing and using knowledge from these which results in policy change.

SAMP is a three year project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Corporation (SDC) and managed by GRM international with a budget of slightly over US$3,2million. The project is being implemented in selected areas of Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland.

SAMP uses the analytical framework below to assess whether households are seed secure:

  • Availability - Sufficient quantity of seed of quality are within reasonable proximity (spatial availability), and in time for critical sowing periods (temporal availability).
  • Access - People have adequate income or other resources to purchase or barter for appropriate seeds.
  • Quality - Seed quality consists of physical, physiological and sanitary attributes (such as the germination rate, and the absence or presence of disease, stones, sand, broken seed or weeds)

SAMP defines Seed Security as:

“where farmers at all time have access to sufficient quantities of seed of adapted crop varieties for continuous and sustainable crop production”