Spiritual and Cultural Value of Seed in South Africa is one of a series of six videos covering discussions from the ACB hosted event, National Seed Dialogue and Celebration – December 2017.

The seed, like the big bang, or evolution, or the atom … bears the mystifying tale of a beginning. We fill our bellies on the seed, heal our wounds, build our homes.

Upon sight, or smell, or taste, perhaps we let our minds drift to the smallscale farmer who prepares the ground, sows seed, waters and then waits. Producing a crop is a process over time. Seed evolves through the work and care over generations. Often the message of those fighting for the seed, too, takes time to bear fruit.

Systems of production and exchange include knowledge systems. In farmer seed systems, this knowledge resides in farmers, particularly women farmers, in their everyday practices, and in elders with a store of indigenous knowledge about seed production and reproduction. Seed goes beyond yields and food, and plays a central role in cultural reproduction itself.

This video, Spiritual and Cultural Value of Seed in South Africa, from a discussion group at the National Seed Dialogue and Celebration, hosted by the African Centre for Biodiversity at Constitution Hill in December 2017, explores some of these links in contemporary South Africa.

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

Insights into our food system: Why did catering indigenous local food at the National Seed Dialogue go so horribly wrong?…