Name: Alignment of Seed Policies and Quarantine and Phytosanitary Measures for Seed Legislative review for Zimbabwe
Year: 2012
Country: Zimbabwe
Background: The Harmonized Seed Security Project (FANRPAN-HASSP) was developed through a consultative process and represents a direct response of the Member States of SADC to the low availability and limited access by farmers in the Region, to key agricultural inputs. FANRPAN is piloting the project in four countries – Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe and up scaling to Tanzania and Mozambique. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to improved food security and poverty reduction through increased seed security and better disaster preparedness in the SADC region. The project seeks to domesticate and implement the three SADC approved protocols which were the outcome of the SADC Seed Security Network project, at national level.   FANRPAN will leverage on its partnerships and scale up the project region-wide (SADC, COMESA and EAC) and continent-wide through the African Union-NEPAD.
Objectives: To accelerate the realignment of national laws for Variety Release and Registration, Seed Certification, and Phytosanitary and Quarantine Measures Zimbabwe
Activities: 1.    Prepare position papers for signing of the MoU and submission to the Minister of Agriculture

2.    Identify relevant national laws and regulations pertaining to seed

3.    Review the current national  statutory instruments (Seed Act, Seeds Regulations and Seeds (Certification Scheme) Notice 2000, and Plant and Pests Diseases Act) and identify areas that need to be aligned to the SADC seed protocol

4.    Prepare draft amendments of the Principal Act and enabling regulations

5.    Validate amendments guided by established national policy processes and extensive consultations with relevant decision and policy makers as well as renowned champions in the seed industry

6.    Provide evidence to the policy advisers (directors) and decision makers to enable them to make informed decisions

7.    Submit proposed amendments to AG’s office and make necessary correction (following feedback from AG’s Office) in full compliance with the national legal processes

8.    Ensure that draft copies of the principal or subsidiary legislation are submitted to the Parliamentary Legal Committee and Cabinet for approval

9.    Ensure that the draft copies reach parliament and are enacted into law

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