Tools are defined as a template, software, or physical instrument that enables one to perform a specific operation or series of operations to enhance the outcome of a given activity or process.  A tool is something (such as an instrument or apparatus) used in operating.

A wide range of tools to support different aspects of the seed sector have been developed. Tools range from tracking seed production, targeting markets using geospatial tools, seed certification and traceability, data capture for on-farm trials, seed systems assessments, and a range of open-source and commercial tools to manage an effective seed business. CESSA is well placed to create awareness of validated tools and redirect users to these resources and potentially negotiate preferred licensing terms where required.

There are several tools currently available to support the African seed sector.There is a proliferation of digital tools. This will only increase with time so CESSA can promote vetted tools to support the African seed system. There is a need to develop a better understanding of existing tools, training to apply these tools and maintenance of tools. CESSA will adopt human-centered design (HCD) principles in developing licensing new tools for African seed systems to increase the likelihood of sustained use.

CIMMTY- Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QAQC) of lines-Genetic fingerprinting

FAO Seed Toolkit
KEPHIS- AgroTrack for traceability of agro-inputs
Seed production roadmaps and access to lines of improved varieties
Seed Systems Assessment Tool (SeedSAT)
Seed Systems Toolbox for Roots, Tubers, and Bananas (RTB)
SFSA Field Trial App on Google Play
The African Seed Company Toolbox