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  • “It is one of the most interesting courses I ever took because it brought scholars and practitioners together and allowed them to interact with grassroots cases.” –Yiching Song, Farmer Seed Network in China This blog looks at the experience seven SD=HS colleagues who presented some of the case studied as ground for group work, to […]

  • “I get motivated when the farmers themselves show interest to share the knowledge they have, and when they are willing to integrate their knowledge with the knowledge we have.” Anna Sofia Asingo is a passionate advocate for farmers and their rights. With 11 years of experience working with Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI), a member […]

  • “It is on the field that I realize how much of a difference there is between theory and practice.” Sahadev KC has been working in Nepal with farmers and their seeds for the past three years. He works with LI-BIRD, in the far west part of Nepal. In this region, he works in two districts […]

  • “The interest in farming and working with farmers has always been part of me, I understand it very well because I grew up as a farmer and now, I am a farmer. It’s calling for me to work with farmers.” Jeko Manata grew up in southern Zimbabwe, surrounded by agriculture and with a family background […]

  • Joseph Mwitumwa is a Seed Production and Marketing Officer with Community Technology Development Trust (CTDT) Zambia. Together with six colleagues from different countries, he participated in the Smallholder Engagement in Seed Systems course held at Wageningen University and developed in partnership with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the Production Ecology & Resource Conservation and Oxfam Novib through […]

  • “Nearly everyone in Zimbabwe is a farmer and even those in towns still have one or two beds of vegetables on their backyards.” John Tigere works with Community Technology Development Trust in Zimbabwe (CTDT). His focus is on farming as a family business and as such he works with Farmer Seeds Enterprises to facilitate the commercialization of […]

  • “I am crazy about seeds, and I consider supporting farmers and farmers seed systems my life mission.” Since 2000, Yiching Song has been aiming to link farmer seed systems and the formal system. In 2013, she established the Farmers’ Seed Network in China (FSN) to work through Farmer Field Schools and engaged farmers through Community […]

  • “It is fascinating to make the connections between climate change, seeds systems, food systems, livelihoods, women, land, and indigenous knowledge surrounding seeds, and how they impact aspects of culture, traditions and life.” Juliet Nangamba works as a programmes manager with Community Technology Development Trust (CTDT) Zambia. She focuses on seed and food systems projects and […]

  • SD=HS work in China is lead by Farmers’ Seed Network, the team attended both COP15 and COP27 last months. They share their reflections on both events. By Xin Song, Yiching Song, Yufen Chuang COP 15 – Montreal, Canada, 7-19 December The COP15 had diverse issues, including more attention to agrobiodiversity and the first full-day “Food […]

  • By Angel Villavicencio, Saúl Povez (Fovida) and Ana Lucía Núñez (Oxfam in Peru) Evidence from around the world shows that, in countries with significant gender gaps, women are the most affected during and after disasters. Despite the magnitude of the impacts of the climate crisis, women have developed adaptation and resilience strategies that should be […]

  • Por Angel Villavicencio, Saúl Povez (Fovida) and Ana Lucía Núñez (Oxfam in Peru) Evidencias alrededor de mundo demuestran que, en países donde las brechas de género son mayores, las más afectadas durante y después de los desastres son las mujeres. A pesar de la magnitud de los impactosde la crisis climática, las mujeres han desarrollado […]

  • This module has been designed to help facilitators to undertake Farmer Field School (FFS) end-of-cycle evaluations at FFS level. During the end-of-cycle evaluation at FFS-level, facilitators and farmers will reflect on the lessons learned, developments, challenges and problems related to the content of the FFS work and functioning of the FFS group. They will assess […]

  • Este módulo ha sido diseñado para ayudar a los facilitadores de las escuelas de campo para agricultores (ECA) en nutrición y plantas alimenticias locales a llevar a cabo actividades que ayuden a los agricultores a mejorar el manejo de plantas alimenticias locales. Este documento presenta directrices para la siembra de plantas alimenticias locales, la cosecha […]

  • This module has been designed to help facilitators of Farmer Field School (FFS) on nutrition and local food plants to implement activities that help farmers to improve the management of local food plants. This document presents guidelines for sowing local food plants, harvesting wild plants, seed storage and germination, and vegetative propagation. FFS facilitators and […]

  • The recipe book shows the preparation of Neglected and Underutilised Species By Andrew Adem, Programs Manager ESAFF Uganda Despite the efforts of the government and other stakeholders to tackle these issues, hunger and malnutrition remain serious problems in Uganda. With the rising rates of hunger and malnutrition as a result of food insecurity, its effects […]

  • By Nout van der Vaart and Bram de Jonge In the week of September 19-24, an SD=HS delegation participated in the 9th meeting of the Governing Body (GB9) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA – ‘the Treaty’), in New Delhi, India. Delegates and other conference participants, meeting in […]

  • By B Dey , B Visser, HQ Tin, A Mahamadou Laouali, N Baba Toure Mahamadou, C Nkhoma, S Alonzo Recinos, C Opiyo and S Bragdon. In many countries, smallholder farmers play a key role in food crop seed production. So far, the community roles, operational structures, seed production efficiency, aspects of sustainability, and the social […]

  • Aakash Koirala, Niranjan Pudasaini and Sahadev KC from LI-BIRD The Sowing Diversity=Harvesting Security project envisions empowering women and young people as a crucial aspect of effectively managing and using plant genetic resources for food and nutrition security. The project builds farmers’ capacity for participatory agrobiodiversity management and plant breeding through the Farmer’s Field School (FFS) […]

  • Extreme weather events are now regularly in the news, while the latest IPCC report concluded that the time to prevent Earth’s temperature from raising more than 1.5C “is now or never”. At the same time, the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report for 2021 estimated that around 800 million people face […]

  • By Dzikamai Zingwe, Field Officer at Champion Seeds A team of Seed Production and Marketing Farmer Field School facilitators visited various potential seed buyers as part of market research survey. This took place in the frame of the Training of Trainers for Seed Production and Marketing (SPM), as it helps participants plan for a SPM […]

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