Family Farming Knowledge Platform

The real seed producers

Small-scale farmers save, use, share and enhance the seed diversity of the crops that feed Africa

This report unpacks and explores farmer-managed seed systems and their contribution to food and seed sovereignty, including the benefits they provide to farming communities as a part of their sociocultural, economic, spiritual and ecological livelihoods. The report highlights, exposes and explores how these systems work. It builds on reports of the seed systems of six African countries: Ethiopia, Mali, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We are grateful to all the partner organisations and individuals across the continent that made this research and work possible. They are organisations and people directly involved in farmers’ seed systems and work with communities to revive, rebuild and maintain seed work in their countries: CEFRORD (Centre d’études et de formation pour le développement en Afrique) – Mali; Community Technology Development Trust (CTDT) and Zambia Alliance for Agroecology and Biodiversity Conservation (ZAAB) – Zambia; Senegalese Association of Farmers' Seed Producers/Association Sénégalaise des producteurs de semences paysannes (ASPSP) – Senegal; Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF Uganda) – Uganda; Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers' Forum (ZIMSOFF) – Zimbabwe, and Fassil Gebeyehu Yelemtu (PhD) – Ethiopia. 

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Organization: Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)
Other organizations: GRAIN
Year: 2018
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Country/ies: Ethiopia, Mali, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Geographical coverage: Africa
Type: Report
Content language: English
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