Rebuilding local seed supplies after armed conflict or other emergency situations

    | October 26, 2009

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    In our news story from Mozambique, farmers discuss many reasons why they value local seed fairs. Seed fairs allow farmers to obtain a wide variety of locally-adapted seeds and cuttings, along with knowledge of how to cultivate them, all at a reasonable price. Seed fairs also act as a sort of “safety net.” In the event that a farmer has a poor harvest and is unable to save his or her own seeds, suitable seeds can be obtained at a fair.

    This week’s script describes some other methods that farmers may use to rebuild their seed supplies, such as exchanging seeds with neighbours. It also suggests things that farmers should consider if they are offered imported seeds from a relief organization.

    You may also view this script online at: http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/67-1script_en.asp.