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).
Communauté de développement d'Afrique australe (SADC)
Agriculture et sécurité alimentaire
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).
|Effets à moyen terme
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.
Principaux résultats attendus:
Communities and farmers trained to revive and enhance their local seed and agricultural knowledge systems (seed production and exchange);
Principaux résultats antérieurs:
Seed exchange visits for farmers across South Africa and Zimbabwe involving 123 females and 45 males;
|Direction/office fédéral responsable
Coopération au développement
|Partenaire de projet
ONG internationale ou étrangère
|Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs
RPSA portfolio: NSIMA (CIMMYT), SAMP, AFA
|Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF 4’680’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF 3’709’801
|Phases du projet
(Phase en cours)
Phase 1 01.08.2013 - 28.02.2019 (Completed)