Fostering seed security responses that work for vulnerable farmers. International coalition launches public resource website: SeedSystem.org
From IIED blog some good news on alliances and exchanges of knowledge and materials between indigenous mountain communities to explore the impacts of climatic changes on food systems, and the responses needed.
The programme of the The Global Seed Conservation Challenge will focus on engaging the global botanic garden community in the conservation of species not already in secure ex situ collections. The Coordinator will be based at the BGCI offices in Kew, but will also work closely with staff from the MSBP, located at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex.
Based on approaches promoted by Dr. Melaku Worede who is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in plant genetic research and his role in restoring Ethiopia’s food security. Dr Worede and his staff collected and safely stored a considerable amount of Ethiopia’s seeds and plant materials and in the process established one of the world’s best genetic conservation systems!
Grain and seed banks run by women, in Sunderbans, make the difference between starvation and food security for millions in one of the worst climate hotspots of the world.
Complete with news, resources, campaigns and an interactive online seed map, Seedmap.org is a valuable teaching & advocacy tool and reference point on seeds, biodiversity, and food.Using Google Map technology, the virtual map chronicles hundreds of case studies that bring critical food issues to life…