Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Crowd-Sourced Lessons About Scaling Seed Systems

Date Published: 
November 4, 2013

This project, funded by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and USAID, is designed to offer a high-level but practical analysis. As a small team of analysts, our goal is to frame key issues in the implementation of scaling tools and support decision-making processes in future investments. The project includes several resources: 

1. Crowd-Sourced Lessons in Scaling 
This document provides, beginning on p. 4, a set of crowd-sourced lessons in scaling. They are written to be short and easily digestible, but hopefully thought-provoking. They are the result of the initial stage of our project, as we cast our net wide and sought to understand some of the more practical aspects of scaling seed systems. 

2. Stories from the Field 
Eight vignettes have been written and more are on their way. These stories highlight examples of programs, policies, and interventions from around the world that illustrate potentially important tools for scaling. 

3. Chapters 
Our more in-depth body of work will be sent out in mid-September 2013. We include an outline of topics on p. 3. 

4. Annotated Bibliography 
There is a vast literature documenting how seed systems need to change if they are to function well. Some of this directly speaks to the challenges of scale. We include a sampling of these references that have been helpful in our analysis. 

5. Website 
The Crowd-Sourced Lessons, vignettes and annotated bibliography are available online at the project website: www.scaling-seed.org