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Harmonized Seed Security Project Planning Workshop
Golfview Hotel, Lusaka
14 July 2010 - 16 July 2010


The Harmonised Seed Security National Workshop was conducted at Golf View Hotel in Lusaka from 14 to 16 July. The workshop which was officially opened by the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr Abednego Banda, was attended by 37 participants representing farmers, government, private sector, NGOs, development partners, researchers and HASSP Seed Elders. The ultimate aim of the workshop was for the diverse range of seed stakeholders in Zambia to jointly reflect and plan on how they could contribute to improved seed development, quality, availability and affordability and its movement within and between SADC countries given the primacy of seed security in achieving food security. The workshop was convened by FANRPAN regional office and its node in Zambia which is hosted by the Agricultural Consultative Forum.

Specifically, the workshop's objectives were:
  1. To build participants’ understanding of the SADC seed harmonization protocols;
  2. To collectively define a common vision for Zambia’s stakeholders in the seed value chain of the four-year Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP) - a pilot project which follows the SADC Seed Security Network (SSSN 1);
  3. To establish the baseline of where the project is starting from, including mapping of existing seed projects and initiatives to avoid overlap; and
  4. To generate a multi-stakeholder four-year national work plan.

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