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December 2006

Announcement of a publication

Local seed systems and external influences

A case study from the United Republic of Tanzania

A publication of the Gender, biodiversity and local knowledge systems (LinKS) Project


This case study is based on a research on local knowledge systems and agro-biodiversity carried out in Central Zone and Southern Highlands by the FAO LinKS Project. It highlights and explains how political decisions and socio-economic changes have influenced local seed systems and the availability of local seeds in Tanzania over the past 50 years.

The information generated from the research is here put into a wider national context to better understand how farmers and their local seed system react to outside influences such as markets and changes in extension approaches. The report presents the main events and policy changes that may have had a repercussion on local seed systems and associated local knowledge and then analyses their different impact on men and women’s access to and control of resources.

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