The SEADS Project is a two-year, inclusive, and consultative process to develop evidence-based standards for supporting agricultural livelihoods 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 systematically reviewed.

The SEADS Project will review this evidence and experience to develop standards through a two-year, inclusive, and consultative process. Check out our Get Involved page to learn about opportunities to be part of the process.

The SEADS Standards will enable those responding to humanitarian crises to design, implement, and evaluate agriculture interventions to maintain and strengthen the livelihoods of farming communities, support preparedness and post-emergency recovery, and increase their resiliency.


The SEADS Standards will be useful for anyone who is involved in agriculture-related projects in emergencies, including:

People who provide preparedness, emergency, recovery, and resilience assistance, such as aid organizations, bi- and multilateral agencies, and governments.

Policy and decision-makers in donor and government agencies whose funding and decisions frame emergency responses.

Learn how to get involved with the development of the SEADS Standards.


Collaborative & Inclusive

SEADS is designed to benefit people who rely on agriculture for their livelihoods and are subject to emergencies that threaten their livelihoods. As such, SEADS is committed to understanding and including local perspectives while recognizing the wealth of experience in the international humanitarian community.

Forward Thinking

SEADS relies on the best available evidence, not organizational preferences, for the standards. SEADS expects that these objective standards will help push organizations out of “business as usual” to make it easier to use sound evidence in the design and implementation of agricultural responses in emergencies.

Future Oriented

SEADs takes a livelihoods-approach to ensure that responses to emergencies are implemented in a way that facilitates long-term recovery and growth. SEADS will promote ways to provide support to systems and services during emergencies that are needed to enable post-disaster recovery.


We are in the early stages of the SEADS Project. Throughout the project, we will invite humanitarians and agricultural experts from across the globe to help develop, test, revise, and roll out the standards.

Launch and promote the SEADS project to raise awareness

Stage 1.

Establish and operationalize the SEADS Steering Group

Stage 2.

Frame the scope and structure of the SEADS Standards

Stage 3.

Design and implement SEADS Communications Plan and launch the SEADS Project

Review the evidence, draft and test the SEADS standards

Stage 4.

Liaise with the Humanitarian Standards Partnership

Stage 5.

Review and synthesize evidence

Stage 6.

Manage evidence gaps

Stage 7.

Write and review the SEADS Standards and conduct simulation events

Create buy-in and demand for the SEADS standards

Stage 4.

Liaise with the Humanitarian Standards Partnership

Stage 5.

Review and synthesize evidence

Stage 6.

Manage evidence gaps

Stage 7.

Write and review the SEADS Standards and conduct simulation events

Release and roll-out the SEADS standards to begin the adoption process

Stage 8.

Publish the SEADS Standards

Stage 9.

Release and roll out the SEADS Standards


The SEADS Project is led by a Steering Group that coordinates and oversees the production and uptake of the SEADS Standards.

Ugo Bernieri

International Committee of the Red Cross

Dina Brick

Catholic Relief Services

Andy Catley

Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
Ludger Jean Simon

Ludger Jean Simon

American University of the Caribbean

Neil Marsland

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Themba Sibanda

Themba Sibanda

Norwegian Refugee Council

Cathy Watson

Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS)


The SEADS Field Team provides critical, practical knowledge and experience to ensure that the perspectives of the communities affected by emergencies and their governments are included in the development of the standards. Learn about joining the team here.

The SEADS Steering Group and Field Team are supported by:

Racey Henderson

SEADS Coordinator

Anne Radday

SEADS Communications Manager



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