Resources

SD=HS works according to a participatory and empowering methodology that starts with what people know and need and that is driven by peoples deepest interests. The Program recognizes that communities are socially differentiated. The participatory approaches and experiential learning allows indigenous people and smallholder farmers to identify and strengthen their coping strategies regarding climate change.

SD=HS resources are based on the strength and knowledge of indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers, bolstered by and assessed through scientifically robust frameworks. The tools are evaluated, improved and enriched by the use of communities. According to the objectives of the program, the resources are publicly available.
  • 01 11 2018
    An illustrated and step-by-step manual for facilitator's to guide a Farmer Field School group through the Diagnostic Stage of the breeding season. This module includes the exercises of the Timeline Analysis, the Diversity Wheel on crop and crop variety level and the setting of breeding objectives and methods. Download the...
  • 01 11 2018
    This report, developed by GRAIN, unpacks and explores farmer-managed seed systems and their contribution to food and seed sovereignty, including the benefits they provide to farming communities as a part of their sociocultural, economic, spiritual and ecological livelihoods. The report highlights, exposes and explores how these systems work. It builds...
  • 27 08 2018
    This manual provides instructions and background for the SD=HS Training of Trainers (ToT) courses. In these courses (which mostly take up around three weeks), trainers are prepared to facilitate a season of Farmer Field School activities on Participatory Plant Breeding. Topics include the organisation of a Farmer Field School, the setting...
  • 17 05 2018
    The SD=HS program aims for widespread impact in such a way that social, environmental and economic conditions can be enhanced beyond the context of the program. In this video, we explain the six integrated pathways that are crucial to the SD=HS methodology. The pathways mentioned are: Participatory toolkit for plant...
  • 14 03 2018
    This speech was given by Mrs. Majory Jeke at the opening ceremony of the Seventh Governing Body Meeting of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Marjory Jeke is lead farmer in one of the SD=HS Farmer Field Schools. Your Excellency the Minister of Agriculture of...
  • 27 01 2018
    This manual provides instructions and background for the SD=HS Training of Trainers (ToT) courses. In these courses (which mostly take up around three weeks), trainers are prepared to facilitate a season of Farmer Field School activities on Participatory Plant Breeding. Topics include the organisation of a Farmer Field School, the setting...
  • 05 01 2018
    This document presents the results of the Mid Term Review (MTR) of the Sowing Diversity=Harvesting Security (SD=HS) program. The report is preceded by a management response of the Oxfam Novib SeedsGROW Steering Committee (Arnold Galavazi, Corporate Director, and Gerard Steehouwer, Manager Thematic Units of Oxfam Novib).  
  • 12 12 2017
    In this interview, SD=HS Program Leader Gigi Manicad explains the principles of Farmer Field Schools, the role of women as managers of biodiversity, and the way the program strengthens smallholder farmers to articulate their needs to influence policies.    
  • 01 12 2017
    Sonia Quispe Ttito, an indigenous woman and smallholder farmer from the community of Choquecancha made this statement at the 23rd Conference of Parties in Bonn (2017). The statement was originally in Quechua, but is translated to English. 'My name is Sonia Quispe Ttito, I come from the community of Choquecancha,...
  • 16 05 2017
    This study is one of the stock-taking activities undertaken under the SD=HS program, focusing on policies relevant to the functioning of small-scale farming systems. It aims to guide further work of the SD=HS program by assessing national seed laws in the eight countries covered by the program, to inform recommendations...
  • 23 01 2017
    'UYWAY' (the seed) tells the story of a spiritual journey made by Quechua farmers bringing their cherished potato seeds from the Potato Park in Peru to the Svalbard in Norway. It is a voyage from potato fields high in the Andean mountains of Peru to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault:...
  • 09 12 2016
    This joint agency briefing note from CTDT and Oxfam describes how farmer seed systems can provide seed security. Zimbabwean smallholder farmers consider seed security to be an issue of national security. For them, access to the right seeds, at the right time, and for the right price, is critical to be able to...
  • 03 11 2016
    This Oxfam position paper contains Oxfam's statement towards the protection of farmers' and plant breeders' rights. Farmers’ Rights to save, reuse, exchange and sell farm-saved seed/propagating material, to maintain and create agro-biodiversity, and to manage plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), need to be protected and promoted. This applies particularly...
  • 27 09 2016
    Share a Seed (ENG) from Oxfam Novib on Vimeo. Based on footage of Dutch photographer Sasha de Boer, Oxfam Novib and CTDT together with the Dutch Postcode Lottery (NPL) created a video showing the Farmer Field Schools in Zimbabwe. The video is part of the 'Share a Seed' campaign (for...
  • 29 07 2016
    This outline of the SD=HS Global Policy Agenda presents a multiple, evidence-based and bottom-up approach to global policy engagement, which is based on concrete experiences from a number of countries, in combination with multi-stakeholder perspectives and the integration of indigenous and scientific knowledge. The local to global policy engagement is...
  • 26 07 2016
    This report of an export meeting explains the need to scale up the program by integrating farmers’ seeds into the market. It describes the possibilities, advantages and risks of farmer seed enterprise. Seeds are fundamental for food security and are instrumental in generating wealth for rural economies. World-wide, most of smallholder...
  • 22 05 2016
    The Facilitators’ Field Guide for Farmer Field Schools on Participatory Plant Breeding in Maize, Pearl Millet, Sorghum and Groundnut aims to assist facilitators in conducting farmer field school sessions on participatory plant breeding in their respective communities. This field guide was produced under the leadership of CTDT with technical support...
  • 03 05 2016
    The Facilitators’ Field Guide for Farmer Field Schools on Participatory Plant Breeding in Maize, Pearl Millet, Sorghum and Groundnut aims to assist facilitators in conducting farmer field school sessions on participatory plant breeding in their respective communities. This field guide was produced under the leadership of CTDT with technical support...
  • 22 04 2016
    This report contains the results of the baseline study for SD=HS. It provides useful information to size the characteristics of the project’s beneficiary population and constitutes the first step of the monitoring process with the project’s partners and donors. The monitored indicators will provide evidence to adapt and redefine the project’s strategy...
  • 17 03 2016
    The rights and technical capacities of indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers were the focus of the three-year global program ‘Putting lessons into practice: Scaling up People’s Biodiversity Management for Food Security’. The program aimed to support farmers to influence policies and institutions on the sustainable use of plant genetic resources for...
  • 21 03 2015
    This progress report provides a comprehensive review of program activities, progress towards outcomes, risks encountered and lessons learned in the first 18 months – from the 1st of October 2013 to March 31, 2015. It also discusses adjustments required for Year 2 implementation based on these findings. The SD=HS team is proud of...
  • 29 10 2014
    This study presents viable options for farmer-bred varieties to have the opportunity to be integrated in Vietnam's seed supply system. It aims to: Document Vietnam's policy environment on variety and seed certification system. Trace the processes which the HD1 variety went through, to become the first farmer-bred variety to pass...