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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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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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) […]

  • 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 […]

  • Sowing Diversity=Harvesting Security newsletter Campaign URL Copy Twitter 0 tweets Subscribe Past Issues RSS Translate English العربية Afrikaans беларуская мова български català 中文(简体) 中文(繁體) Hrvatski Česky Dansk eesti keel Nederlands Suomi Français Deutsch Ελληνική हिन्दी Magyar Gaeilge Indonesia íslenska Italiano 日本語 ភាសាខ្មែរ 한국어 македонски јазик بهاس ملايو Malti Norsk Polski Português Português – Portugal Română Русский Español Kiswahili Svenska […]

  • By Joseph Mwitumwa, Seed Production and Marketing Officer – CTDT Zambia CTDT Zambia supported a total of 88 smallholder farmers drawn from six FFS with trainings in seed production and marketing. This is to strengthen farmers capacities in production, facilitate access to quality seed and provide them with options to improve their livelihoods. Out of the […]

  • By Diana Mapulanga, Communications Officer, and Edwin Abwino, Programme Assistant – CTDT Zambia Through the SD=HS project, CTDT is keenly working to foster collaborations between the breeders and smallholder farmers in the development of new crop varieties through Participatory Plant breeding using the farmer field school (FFS) approach. This is seen as a mechanism that […]

  • By Juliet Nangamba, Programs Manager CTDT-Zambia Farmer Field Schools (FFS) in Shibuyunji and Chikankata district were established as FFS to participate in managing diversity based on participatory plant breeding. In 2021, some FFS were identified as successful and  transitioned to participate in the farmer seed enterprise component of the SD=HS program. The learning and results […]

  • 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 […]

  • As part of Oxfam Novib’s SeedsGROW international program, Sowing Diversity = Harvesting Security, or SD=HS, is a joint effort of the world’s leading civil society organizations with a firm track record in the field of plant genetic resources to empower smallholder farmers. Our mission is to support indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers – men, women […]

  • Starter Kit: A short introduction to Farmer Field Schools in the SD=HS programme Prepared by Bert Visser, in collaboration with Anita Dohar, Hilton Mbozi and Frederik van Oudenhoven, this is a quick introduction to the three Field Guides developed by the SD=HS programme, i.e. the Field Guides on Participatory Plant Breeding, on Nutrition and Local […]

  • 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 […]

  • Today, SD=HS started working together with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to investigate the organisational, legal and economic aspects of seed production and marketing by smallholder farmers across countries and systems The purpose of this collaboration agreement is to compare the achievements of the seed clubs in the Mekong Delta with those of farmers producing under […]

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