Skip to: Oxfam Novib’s comments on the Crops to End Hunger White Paper on Economically Sustainable Seed Systems

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  • 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 […]

  • “You ask if we have enough time for plant breeding training? When you look at the crop and the farmer, this is the work we do. Anything related to learning about the crop, about the garden… farmers always have the time for it. It’s like when you work in an office, and you always have […]

  • Our 2021 Mid Term Review aims to determine the extent to which the different activities have contributed towards the overall objectives and outcomes, and the lessons we can draw. This is to help all stakeholders have the necessary information to take timely and informed decisions in the near future. The Terms of Reference for this […]

  • Plants and animals derived from conventional breeding are no longer patentable. This was the verdict published by the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) in May 2020. A new report of Oxfam’s partner No Patents on Seeds! shows, however, that such patents are still being applied for due to the legal […]

  • Faced with the dual threat of climate change and biodiversity loss, crop improvement programs are straining to contribute to sustained global food and nutrition security. Innovation is needed to increase their efficiency, reducing the time required to develop crop varieties and improve their adoption and dissemination by farmers. Participatory plant breeding (PPB), the active participation […]

  • Sesenta líderes y lideresas campesinas fortalecen sus capacidades de incidencia política en la Escuela “Promoviendo el Sistema Tradicional de Producción de Semillas en el Perú”, iniciativa organizada por FOVIDA con el apoyo de Oxfam, que se realiza desde el 01 al 29 de diciembre, con la finalidad de promover el sistema tradicional de producción de semillas […]

  • SD=HS joined today the launch of the Access to Seeds Index Regional Landscaping Reports for Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) and Western and Central Africa (WCA), during the 7th Session of Africa Regional for Sustainable Development of the UN Economic Commission for Africa. The reports provide the benchmark for the 2021 Access to Seeds Index. […]

  • Publication of the new designed version of the online course on farmer field schools on nutrition and local food plants This online course is the response of the SD=HS team to the restrictions that COVID-19 imposed for travel and group meetings. It guides master trainers in countries to conduct training for facilitators and supports them […]

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