Improving Agricultural Interventions in Emergencies
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. To date, this evidence has not been reviewed.
A new project has been launched to review the evidence and fill this knowledge gap, similar to the way other humanitarian standards have filled the gaps in other fields. The SEADS Project will use evidence and experience to develop standards through a multi-year, inclusive, and consultative process. The resulting SEADS standards will enable those responding to humanitarian crises to design, implement, and evaluate agricultural interventions to maintain and strengthen agriculture livelihoods, increase resiliency, and support preparedness and post-emergency recovery.
The SEADS project will incorporate input and feedback from a broad number of stakeholders including crisis-affected farming communities, local NGOs, international NGOs, civil society, governments in affected countries, UN agencies, and international donors. It will follow an objective and transparent process to ensure that the standards articulate the best available evidence on the most common agricultural interventions in emergencies. The project is managed and supported by a steering group currently made up of Catholic Relief Services, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS), SOS Sahel Sudan, World Vision, and the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University School of Nutrition.
Although the project has just begun, there are many ways for humanitarian and agriculture experts to get involved. Here are just a few:
- Learn more about how to become one of our additional steering group members from regional and country specific organizations to ensure that a broad range of perspectives and experience guide the development of these standards.
- Recommend country offices, projects, or individuals to serve on our SEADS Field Team to play a critical role in the development of the standards. Members should be actively engaged in preparedness, emergency, recovery, and resilience assistance in humanitarian emergencies and have a historical record of engagement. Member recommendations can be sent to the SEADS Coordinator.
- Contribute evidence on agriculture interventions in emergencies, including evaluations, impact assessments, or reviews that show the impact of agricultural interventions in emergencies by contacting the SEADS Coordinator.
- Sign up for our newsletter to learn about new opportunities as they arise and stay up to date about the project.
- Follow SEADS on Twitter @SEADS_Standards and LinkedIn.