The LinKS project
gender, biodiversity and local knowledge systems for food security

Community Diversity Seed Fairs in Tanzania
Guidelines for seed fairs

June 2006, Report no 51

Table of Contents

The FAO-LinKS project (Gender, biodiversity and local knowledge systems for food security) sponsored two studies, in Southern Highlands and Central Tanzania, on local knowledge in relation to management of agrobiodiversity for food security. Following the studies, four community diversity seed fairs were held in 2005. The research teams worked closely together with the rural communities in organizing these seed fairs and field testing the guidelines. These guidelines were developed in collaboration with the FAO Gender and Population Division and the Seed and Plant Genetic Resources Service.

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Village meetings
Formation of the village organizing committees

Implementation of the seed fairs

Participation and attendance
Certificates and awards
Crop diversity displayed

Sustainability of the seed fairs

Lessons learned

For farmers and local people
For extensionists and researchers
For officials



Annex 1: Synthesis of four village seed fairs

Crop categories displayed
Crop varieties shown

Annex 2: FAO/LINKS Project guidelines for conducting community seed fairs

Community ownership
Theme, objectives and activities
Planning the activities
Public awareness
Conducting the seed fair
Awards and recognition
Monitoring and evaluation

Appendix 3: Crops and biodiversity displayed in Dabalo village (Central Zone)

Appendix 4: Crops and their biodiversity displayed in Misughaa village (Central Zone)

Appendix 5: Crop biodiversity displayed at Shinji village (Southern Highlands)

Appendix 6: Crop diversity displayed at Malinzanga village (Southern Highlands)