Marjory Jeke (58) is a smallholder farmer in Zimbabwe. ‘Sometimes it pours with rain and other times it’s dry for weeks or even months,’ she says. At the SD=HS Farmer Field Schools she learns how to best respond to climatic circumstances. ‘By exchanging seeds, we can sow more diversely. That way chances are higher for yields to succeed,’ she explains. Due to diversity no one needs to be hungry, it is our weapon against hunger.


The strength of the Farmer Field Schools is the exchange of experiences and strategies. ‘If you compare my situation to two years ago, it has changed tremendously. Just look at what is growing on my land. And look at me. I am much more confident.’

On 30 October 2017, Marjory presented a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 7th Governing Body meeting of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, in Kigali, Rwanda. In front of the 144-member countries, she described her experiences from the Farmer Field Schools, the seed fairs and Community Seed Banks and asked the delegates for their support to assist farmers to ‘keep the rich crop diversity in their hands (...) for ourselves and for the rest of the world now and in future.’

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