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  • Why participatory and inclusive approaches to plant breeding are needed to help farmers adapt to climate change and safeguard world’s agrobiodiversity by Nout van der Vaart, Bram de Jonge and Frederik van Oudenhoven With the 27th climate summit just behind us, and the 15th biodiversity summit ahead – and with the first SeedNL Annual Event happening on […]

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  • Rian Fokker was announced as the project lead for the SD=HS project as of 1st of November. Below is a short welcome interview to get to know her. Welcome to the SD=HS team Rian! Can you introduce who you are in a few words? A few words would be: Agronomist background, I studied Tropical Agronomy […]

  • MEETING OF ANDEAN AND AMAZONIAN CLIMATE SPOKESWOMEN As part of the Sowing Diversity=Harvesting Security project, Oxfam in Peru, with the support of Fomento de la Vida – FOVIDA, organized the First Meeting of Andean and Amazonian Climate Spokeswomen in Huancayo, Junín. It brought together 50 rural, peasant and indigenous women leaders and representatives of organizations […]

  • ENCUENTRO DE VOCERAS CLIMÁTICAS ANDINAS Y AMAZÓNICAS En el marco del Proyecto Sembrando Diversidad Cosechando Seguridad, Oxfam en Perú, con el apoyo de Fomento de la Vida – FOVIDA, organizaron el Encuentro de voceras climáticas andinas y amazónicas en Huancayo, Junín, que congregó a 50 mujeres rurales, campesinas e indígenas lideresas y representantes de organizaciones […]

  • by Resilient Food Systems Remote learning is more than just the future; it’s now been widely adopted and is connecting learners with facilitators across the World. Can Farmer Field School trainings, which are traditionally field-based, adapt to this new environment? And how can we keep them successful? This blog takes us back to 23rd of June, […]

  • After four years as project lead, Harrie Oostingh is leaving the Sowing Diversity = Harvesting Security team. Below is a farewell interview, where he shares his reflections and wishes for the SD=HS community. “What makes this programme special is the people: men, women, youth fighting on a daily basis to improve their conditions and fighting […]

  • By Connie Formson, SD=HS Lead, Farmer Seed Enterprises “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead Perhaps one of the most profound experiences is the sharing of knowledge, ideas, and information among peers. During the week of 12-16 September 2022, […]

  • On 20th and 21st of September 2022, Oxfam Novib and partners will host two side events during this year’s meeting of the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in New Delhi, India. Community Technology and Development Trust Zambia (CTDT) and LI=BIRD from Nepal will represent the Sowing Diversity = Harvesting […]

  • The 9th session of the Governing Body (GB 9) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) will be held in New Delhi, India from 19th to 24th September 2022. Funded by Sida, the SD=HS (Sowing Diversity = Harvesting Security) program executed by Oxfam Novib and country partners contributes to […]

  • Ronnie Vernooy, Jai Rana, Gloria Otieno, Hilton Mbozi and Pitambar Shrestha Abstract: Smallholder farmers around the world obtain their seed from various sources, which can vary over time. In some countries, smallholder farmers are gaining ground as local seed producers and sellers. This study focuses on the seed production and marketing operations, achievements, and challenges of […]

  • Early this February, the working group on participatory plant breeding established under the Global Alliance for the Future of Food (GAFF) recommended five projects for a first round of funding. We are excited to hear that three of the awardees are partner organisations in the SD=HS programme: Farmers’ Seed Network in China, Community Technology and […]

  • SD=HS has reached an important milestone: we are halfway through the programme’s current phase. This demands a moment of reflection looking back on the last two years, to plan intentionally for 2022 and 2023. Our mid-term review (MTR) is the result of a participatory process. It is based on 342 stories straight from the field […]

  • On the 2nd of December, Oxfam Novib held the concluding workshop in a series of three on ‘Innovating plant breeding: Bringing farmers to the table’. Researchers, policy makers, farmers and funders discussed how increasing the involvement of farmers in crop development and seed diffusion can contribute to sustained global food and nutrition security. Participants presented […]

  • We began this series of workshops seeking to identify coalitions to strengthen farmers’ engagement in crop variety and seed system development and innovation (see summaries of workshop 1 and workshop 2). The development of either a new proposal or creating explicit and strong links between complementary programs were the intended final outputs. “Let’s get on […]

  • Building the capacity of smallholder farmers to produce quality seeds for the market takes long term investment and support. This support starts with a strong core team of technical experts to support seed producing farmer groups. From 26 to 28 October SD=HS organized two hour online trainings on seed value chains and seed markets for […]

  • Oxfam Novib – the SD=HS program has decided to retract as a speaker to the Global Conference on Green Development of Seed Industries, organized by FAO on November 4-5. Only in a late stage it has become known to us that the process that led up to the creation of the agenda of this conference […]

  • Recently the CGIAR’s Crops to End Hunger initiative released a White Paper on Economically Sustainable Seed Systems (available here). Several participants who joined the Global Crop Workshop asked Oxfam Novib to share its views. The paper, commissioned by AGRA and the Syngenta Foundation is intended to guide future CGIAR investments in seed delivery, but fails […]

  • On Tuesday, July 27, the SD=HS program co-organized the digital session ‘Seed is Power, reclaiming African seed and food sovereignty’, which was part of the People’s Mobilization to Transform Corporate Food Systems, a CSO-organized event that took place in parallel to the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit (FSS). Oxfam Novib and ZAAB were amongst the organizing […]

  • We are happy to share that a new Seeds project has started in Uganda, funded by Books 4 Life. Books 4 Life is a Dutch non-profit organization that manages a chain of second-hand bookshops in different cities in The Netherlands. The organization donates almost all of their sales proceeds to charities, including Oxfam Novib. In […]

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