Africa: Regeneration Through Connecting Seeds With Culture And Nature In Africa (2007)
The African Biodiversity Network (ABN) works in 11 African countries to revive traditional agroecological farming systems, which are threatened by industrial agricultural practices. Seed diversity and sovereignty is the key focus of ABN’s work. To achieve this, the practice is fully inclusive, driven by communities and involves activities such as seed banks and household seed storage systems, community ecological governance, seed festivals, community research groups, seed maps, exchange visits, community dialogues, seed exchanges and sharing, seed selection, saving and multiplication, and much more. Currently it has 4,640 farmers working on reviving seeds and has revived 470 varieties of seeds. Where they work, poverty level has gone down. Farmers are less reliant on external inputs, have more food, have improved their health, and are more able to send their children to school.