SEADS: Standards for Supporting Agricultural Livelihoods in Emergencies Project


Approximately 2 billion rural people live in small farm households. Each year, emergencies compromise many of their livelihoods. Practitioners, policymakers, and communities have a wealth of experience about which approaches for agricultural assistance are effective (or not) in emergencies.

The SEADS Project is the first to conduct an in-depth review this evidence and experience. We are using the evidence to develop standards through an inclusive, and consultative process. The SEADS Standards will enable those responding to humanitarian crises to design, implement, and evaluate agricultural interventions to maintain and strengthen the livelihoods of farming communities, support preparedness and post-emergency recovery, and increase their resiliency.

The project has three main phases:

  1. Launch and promote the SEADS project to raise awareness
  2. Review the evidence, draft and test the standards
  3. Release and roll-out the SEADS standards to begin the adoption process

Throughout the project, we will invite humanitarians and agricultural experts from across the globe to help develop, test, revise, and roll out the standards. Opportunities to get involved are detailed on our website here.

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