SD=HS in China is a linking and learning project. During 2019-2022, the project aims to establish Farmer Field Schools and a Community Seed Bank through participatory work methods in four project communities (Sanniangwan in Guangxi, Sanbaoshan in Inner Mongolia, four villages in Yunnan and Wangjinzhuang in Hebei). The project invites breeding experts to provide technical guidance and training on Participatory breeding.

Through the establishment of seed market activities, special events for women and young people the project promotes farmers' participation in the management of agricultural biodiversity, and raise farmers' awareness of seed conservation and breeding. Meanwhile, this project also supports the project community representatives to go out and exchange learning, in order to achieve the purpose of exchange of experience, broaden the horizon, and enhance interest.

Also, and in order to fill the gap between farmers' seed system and market, this project will explore the production, registration and sales models of farmers' seed production together with the breeders. This project will also carry out community-based seed production in the Guzhai Village in Guangxi Province, China.

On the basis of community action practices, through policy seminars and policy briefs, this project advocates for in situ conservation of agricultural biodiversity, strengthening farmers' seed systems, build a diverse seed system, and promote the establishment of a benefit-sharing mechanism as well as the promotion of rural revitalization and green transformation of the quality of agriculture strategy. Under the framework of South-South cooperation and the “Belt and Road Initiative”, based on the Sustainable Development Goals, China's development experience and global benefit sharing will help promote global food security issues and smallholder seed diversity under climate change.

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