Policy

Policy

The policy implementation strategy’s focus is to bring change to seed policy and legislation towards an ‘integrated seed system’.

Implementation Strategy

The project’s policy part works on two interconnected systems: seed systems and food systems in general. CROPS4HD’s policy addresses all levels – from local, to national, to subregional, and to international arenas. Again, these different levels are closely interlinked allowing CROPS4HD e.g., to deploy studies showing the importance of Peasants’ Seed System in one country as advocacy instruments at international level.

The project will use a human rights-based approach, which develops the capacity of duty bearers to meet their obligations and encourages rights holders to claim their rights. Governments will be made aware that they have three levels of obligation: to respect, protect and fulfil right. To respect a right means refraining from interfering with the enjoyment of the right. To protect a right means to prevent other parties from interfering with the enjoyment of rights. To fulfil a right means to take active steps to put in place, laws, policies, institutions and procedures, including the allocation of resources, to enable people to enjoy their rights.

For CROPS4HD this is a two-way street: Peasants, but as well consumers and their organizations need to be fully informed about their rights and be capacitated to participate in decisions that affect them. On the other hand,  duty bearers such as governments, often lack the knowledge of the reality of peasants as well as the capacity to fulfill their duty to protect the rights of peasants. Therefore, the project collects evidence for better policy decisions and helps the peasants and their organizations to enter into a dialogue with the policy makers to help them to become actors in their own development, rather than passive recipients of services.

CROPS4HD deploys an advocacy theory of change for its policy, which encompasses four key activities, which build on each other and can run as well in parallel on the different implementation levels:

  1. evidence gathering,
  2. public awareness creation,
  3. movement building and
  4. engaging policy spaces.

Those steps will be interlinked with activities of the other implementation strategies and CROPS4HD will seek to harness synergies and integrate advocacy work with awareness raising for advantages of traditional crops and varieties and improvement of their cultivation techniques.

Key Outcomes

  1. Effectiveness of sub‐national policies and legal frameworks in A+FS for small holder farmers is increased.
  2. 100 key policy makers and shapers are contacted.

  1. Effectiveness of sub‐national policies and legal frameworks in A+FS for small holder farmers is increased.


  1. Effectiveness of sub‐national policies and legal frameworks in A+FS for small holder farmers is increased.


  1. Effectiveness of sub‐national policies and legal frameworks in A+FS for small holder farmers is increased.

Recent News

Strengthen the awareness, availability and practices of NUS in West Bengal, India

During the month of May 2022, several activities to promote NUS took place in India among the farmers as well as the general public. Experimental trials were launched, and various events took place that allowed to raise awareness among the indigenous NUS crops as well as events like the Participatory Market Chain Approach (PMCA) which support the connections among participants involved in the process of NUS development.

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Kickoff visit in India

Partner’s orientation and planning workshop for the CROPS4HD project was held in the first week of August this year. This meeting brought all the project coordination and implementation together to build a shared understanding of the roles, functions, and responsibilities for the inception and main phase.

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Kickoff visit in Niger

CROPS4HD Niger started its activities in July 2021 with a workshop on 22 September in the presence of the project supervision team. The launch took place in the Dogondoutchi prefecture in the presence of the prefect and the coordination body of technical services.

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