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  • Crop breeding programs are limited and predominantly produce hybrid varieties of a few crops. This project increases the number of crops and varieties that are especially suited to the needs of smallholder farmers.

  • We empower farmers to conserve, develop, exchange and sustainably use diverse plant genetic resources to improve their livelihoods.

  • Using the Farmer Field School approach, we build the capacity of smallholders – especially women – to improve their food security and livelihoods.

  • SD=HS enhances farmers’ capacity to manage their plant genetic resources, creating locally rooted seed enterprises, contributing to the local needs of quality seed and supporting policy advocacy.

  • SD=HS promotes the management and conservation of agrobiodiversity, the recovery of NUS and quality seed production, and the approval of beneficial public policies.

  • SD=HS’ initiatives contribute in terms of agrobiodiversity conservation and the promotion of traditional seed systems, aiming at food security in the rural and indigenous communities.

  • The promotion of maize has resulted in communities consuming narrower, cereal-based diets, malnutrition and stunting. This project is increasing crop and dietary diversity at the household level.

  • An interactive, farmer-to-farmer training program for FFS works to enhance farmers’ abilities to use a mix of varieties to reduce risks

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