The Harmonised Seed Security Project (HaSSP) is a FANRPAN project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the project seeks to address seed security in the SADC region by aligning national seed policies in order to increase availability of and access to quality affordable seed for smallholder farmers.
HaSSP was developed through a consultative process and is currently being piloted in four countries, namely, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The period of the pilot project is 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2013.
The project also seeks to empower smallholder farmers, especially women farmers, by strengthening their capacity to produce and access high quality seed. Therefore, a major part of the project is the establishment and/or strengthening of community-based seed production enterprise by smallholder farmers (with a bias for women farmers) in each of the project pilot countries.
As a result there are funded activities for farmer selection and farmer mobilisation, procurement of inputs, seed production and processing, as well as seed certification and quality control. The HaSSP also funds farmer training through community seed workshops, as well as provision of small-scale seed processing and storage equipment.