SP 2.1 Sowing diversity = harvesting security. Talented small scale farmers and committed researchers working together to develop climate change resilient crops

 Tuesday 10 May, 15.45 – 17.30, New York Room

Sowing Diversity equals Harvesting Security (SD=HS) is a five year programme aiming to forge cooperation between small-scale farmers and research institutes to select and/or breed plant varieties for local climate change adaptation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The session aims to raise questions on the crucial historic and present role of farmers in improving and adapting crops, and managing crop diversity. The following topics will be discussed: building farmers’ crop improvement capacities and strengthening
cooperation between public research and farmers towards more resilient local seed systems. We will discuss ways of improving public research relevance for farmers’ crop improvement needs and identification of new partners and opportunities for supporting farmers’ climate change adaptation strategies through diversity management.

Organised by Jiska van der Heide, Oxfam Novib, the Netherlands
Partners Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE), Philippines
Asociacion para la Naturaleza y el Desarrollo Sostenible (ANDES), Peru
Community Technology Development Trust (CTDT), Zimbabwe
Chair Bert Visser, Wageningen UR, the Netherlands
Rapporteur Jiska van der Heide, Oxfam Novib, the Netherlands
Presentations

Overall introduction
Gigi Manicad, Sowing Diversity equals Harvesting Security, Oxfam Novib, the Netherlands

Examples from Zimbabwe on scaling up farmers’ biodiversity management
Gigi Manicad, Community Technology Development Trust, Zimbabwe

A video on cooperation between women farmers and Can Tho University in Vietnam in rice improvement, from Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment, Philippines

A video on indigenous communities’ potato park contributing potato varieties to Svalbard global seed vault
Alejandro Argumedo, Asociacion para la Naturaleza y el Desarrollo Sostenible, Peru

HOSTS OF THE CONFERENCE