Politics of Seed in South Africa

Politics of Seed in South Africa

“Seeds are the basis of life. Human life, your life, is dependent on plants. The qualities of the seed go beyond beauty to sustaining us nutritionally and medicinally. Seed is the foundation of human diets across the world.”

Hosted by the African Centre for Biodiversity at Constitution Hill in December 2017, the National Seed Dialogue and Celebration honoured the role of smallholder farmers in maintaining and nurturing the diversity of seed in South Africa and regionally, who are being displaced and overridden by a growing private seed sector.

The event included thought-provoking dialogues interspersed with drama, music, exhibitions and sharing of seed and literature.

This first video (in a series of six) to be released from the event looks at the discussion session that focused on Politics of Seed in South Africa. It aims to provoke some discussion on the current political and social context, globally and in South Africa, and the implications for work on seed sovereignty, smallholder farmers and agroecology.

For the full report on the National Seed Dialogue and Celebration, as well as blogs from the event please clicks on the following links:

Celebrating smallholder farmers and seed diversity in South Africa: Report from the national seed dialogue and celebration

Art, Seed Sovereignty and Activism: Weaving New Stories

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