Food security is dependent on access to crop varieties suited to the local environment
Many communities do not have sufficient cashflow to purchase seeds developed by for-profit seed companies. In addition, seed companies produce hybrids which have to be purchased year after year by farmers.
Credit programs for seed and agricultural inputs also become a burden for farmers when crops fail or the price of their harvest is not sufficient to repay the loan and interest.
The Seeds for Life Exchange is committed to:
- Training local communities to identify locally adapted varieties
- Training local groups to save and distribute their unique varieties
- Building links between groups that are identifying and conserving seeds adapted to the local climate and farmers
- Establishing social enterprises to support the evaluation, production & distribution of locally adapted seeds and planting material