India’s ‘Seed Warrior’ Debal Deb has preserved 1,410 rare and folk varieties of rice to save them from extinction, promote food sovereignty, and fight corporate control of seeds.
Storing nearly 1 million seeds from genebanks worldwide in a cave at -18 degrees Celsius, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault ensures that if a genebank’s seeds vanish or fall into ruin, much the world’s biodiversity will still remain helping ensure food security.
Caryl Levine and Ken Lee, co-founders and co-CEOs of Lotus Foods, talk about supporting smallholder rice farmers through promoting System of Rice Intensification.
“If the associations are registered and the farmers have collective rights to some land, maybe the land grabbing can stop,” Zunguze told me. Association leaders planned to visit neighboring National Farmers Union cooperatives to learn how agro-ecology could help them grow more food for their families and communities.
“With this collection safely conserved, we can continue to use it to develop improved rice varieties that farmers can use to respond to the challenges in rice production, and to adapt to the changing tastes and preferences of consumers everywhere.”
A new report reveals final results from the largest-ever regional project to expand the System of Rice Intensification, an agroecological rice farming methodology.
An article about the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Mali describes how this methodology helps farmers deal with climate change.
SRI can reduce water requirements, increase land productivity, and buffer against the impacts of climate change while reducing reliance on artificial inputs, like pesticides and artificial fertilizer.