Enabling farmers to improve crop diversity for food security
We establish and support Farmer Field Schools, where farmers work together to select, adapt and develop new plant varieties that better fit the needs and preferences of their communities.
Empowering women as managers of crop diversity
Over 50% of SD=HS participants and trainers are women. We develop engendered participatory tools and baseline surveys for the diagnosis of specific roles, access and needs on the management of plant genetic resources.
Neglected and underutilized species for nutritious diets
We developed an FFS curriculum for the management of neglected and underutilized species (NUS) to contribute to an enhanced community diet. Better recognition of NUS helps to reduce the hunger period.
Scaling up the Farmer Field School approach
We were able to expand the number of FFS from 20 to 300 within one agricultural season. Based on this expansion, we confirmed conditions to scaleup and mainstream FFS and share these publicly.
Opening the market for farmer seeds
SD=HS established a foothold in the seeds market that ignores the demands of smallholder farmers; with over 400 supported seed clubs in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam and the newly established cooperative Champion Seeds in Zimbabwe.
The registration of farmers’ varieties in national and regional seed catalogues – as objects of seed regulation – has been the subject of considerable debate...
Gigi Manicad (SD=HS) reflects on the crucial yet neglected position of women smallholder farmers in this interview, with the German Die Welle. The article refers...
It’s a great honor and recognition that the work of the Sowing Diversity=Harvesting Security programme is featured in “The State of the World’s Biodiversity for...
Watch this video (© FAO) to learn about the main mechanisms and impact of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture...
Farmer Field Schools established, where farmers work together to select, adapt and develop new plant varieties
Farmers and facilitators trained in the past five years, over 50% of them are women farmers
Improved varieties of staple crops with diverse traits to facilitate climate change adaptation
Households of indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers reached to help improve their food security