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

Southern Africa Regional Seed Sector Assessment

Date Published: 
January 29, 2016

The Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project conducted a rapid analysis of the Southern African Regional Seed Sector (SARSS) on behalf of the USAID Southern Africa Regional Mission and USAID’s Bureau for Food Security. This study documents findings regarding the relevant laws and institutions that govern the seed sector to better understand the status of compliance with regional seed harmonization efforts in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and to provide actionable recommendations to support more effective implementation of regional commitments.

The assessment focused on in-person interviews with stakeholders from the public sector, private sector, and civil society throughout South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, and Malawi and was complemented by a desk study to supplement the limited time in each country during November and December 2015. Findings are structured around the following:

1) Background information on the SADC Harmonized Seed Regulation process, existing regional commitments, and the current status of implementation;

2) A summary of observations from interviews with stakeholders from the public and private sector;

3) A country-by-country assessment utilizing a modified SeedCLIR framework to capture the status of national-level commitments implicated by the SADC Harmonized Seed Regulations (HSR); and 

4) Actionable recommendations for strengthening the legal and regulatory framework to help stand up the SADC HSR system.

The Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project is a global support mechanism for Feed the Future focused and aligned Missions and Washington-based USAID offices to address policies as well as legal, institutional, and regulatory factors that function as market constraints affecting food security. The project is available to support Missions’ enabling environment needs through technical analysis, advisory services, and strategic knowledge management.