Rural women had been vested as the community seed stewards, performing as selectors, keepers and propagators of seeds - roles that are regarded as the core of self-reliant agricultural production of traditional farming communities. Seed selection and keeping are highly exacting tasks with precise steps, scientific to the core. The decision on what seed type to conserve is held by women who know what characteristics of the crop are most useful to the household and local community.
The campaign on Women and Seeds is an on-going platform to raise awareness on the important roles and knowledge systems of women in agriculture; to recognise her strengths, resilience, innovativeness and contributions in what are regarded and valued as sustainable agricultural practices in ensuring food security for her family and communities.
PAN AP jumpstarts the "Women Reclaim our Seeds!" campaign
Press Release, 22 May 2013
(Penang, Malaysia) - On the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity, Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) launches its campaign with the theme "Women Reclaim our Seeds" to celebrate the inspiring diversity and knowledge on seeds in the hands of women. [read more]
PAN AP releases a booklet "Women Reclaim our Seeds"
This booklet shares the stories of women from India, Pakistan, Vietnam and the Philippines with their invaluable roles as community seed stewards, performing as selectors, keepers and propagators of seeds. A summary review 'Seed'ing Change (by Lawyer Shalini Bhutani, India) provides a historical and contextual analysis of our food and farm systems, and of how women despite many challenges, have chosen to take control of their seeds. This booklet is a documentation of her strength and innovativeness in revitalising local seed varieties, traditional knowledge and other sustainable agricultural practices as contribution to ensure food security for the family and the community.
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Women Nurture Seeds
This short video from Green Foundation captures the roles played by small and marginal women farmer from Karnataka, South India in their quest to save the source of food - the soil, water and genetic resources. The video also shows how with GREEN's various capacity building initiatives, from seed banking to making fertilisers and monitoring crops, women have emerged as natural leaders of their community.