Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI)
The project contributes to strengthening and consolidating local knowledge and practices on seeds for better resilience. In parallel, research is conducted on community seed systems and the interface between the formal and informal seed sectors. This will inform advocacy strategies and influence the policy-making and scientific narrative for improved seed and food security in the SADC region (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland, Mozambique, South Africa).
Comunità di sviluppo dell'Africa meridionale (SADC)
Agricoltura e sicurezza alimentare
Seed insecurity is a key constraint to household food security. Smallholder farmers have been selecting, saving and exchanging seed for generations. These farming systems and genetic diversity are under increasing threat in Southern Africa and the loss of this crop diversity reduces nutrition, undermines the ability of households to cope with climate change and external shocks, weakens the social and cultural integrity of communities, and reduces the ecological resilience of farming systems.
Vulnerable households in southern Africa are more food secure through improved seed diversity, seed security, and application of local knowledge systems.
The project primarily targets food and seed insecure women and men smallholder farmers.
It then targets civil society organizations and farmer organizations that work alongside smallholder farmers, as well as decision makers in government, extension services,gene banks, and the research community in Southern Africa (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland, Mozambique, South Africa).
|Effetti a medio termine||
By 2018, participating smallholder farmers have increased their seed and nutritional diversity and are more food secure.
Civil society and farmer organizations have enhanced knowledge and practices on seeds within the framework of agroecology.
Decision makers at all levels are increasingly supporting evidence-based positions that strengthen seed diversity and local knowledge systems.
By 2018 an increasing body of socially responsive research is focused on practices on seed at local level for food and nutritional security.
Risultati principali attesi:
Communities and farmers trained to revive and enhance their local seed and agricultural knowledge systems (seed production and exchange);
Risultati fasi precedenti:
Seed exchange visits for farmers across South Africa and Zimbabwe involving 123 females and 45 males;
Cooperazione allo sviluppo
|Partner del progetto||
Organizzazione non governativa internazionale o straniera
|Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori||
RPSA portfolio: NSIMA (CIMMYT), SAMP, AFA
|Budget||Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF 4'680'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF 3'668'279|
|Fasi del progetto||
Fase 1 01.08.2013 - 28.02.2019 (Completed)