The power of the SD=HS program lies in its multi-stakeholder and gender-just approach. Rather than simply sharing technology, or training farmers to produce seeds for distribution to other farmers, the program is centered on people’s capacities to organize, learn and engage in changing times.
The scope of our program urges us to work from different angles. From four interconnected pillars we work towards a fair, sustainable and gender-just global food system.
Pillar 1 Scaling up Models
SD=HS strengthens the adaptive capacities of indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers in seed conservation, access and sustainable use by scaling up innovation and engendered models of biodiversity management.
Pillar 2 Farmer Seed Enterprises
SD=HS enhances the livelihoods and seed security of indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers by producing and marketing good quality and diverse seeds through public-private partnerships.
Pillar 3 Women, Seeds and Nutrition
SD=HS empowers women to reclaim their role in food security through strengthening their capacity in seed management, nutrition and global policy engagement enabling them to claim their right to food.
Pillar 4 Governance and knowledge systems
SD=HS strengthens the capacities and knowledge base of developing countries and their indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers to secure national and global legislation and policies for the full implementation of farmers’ rights and the right to food.