“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 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, click here.

For the next video in the series, click here.

Read about Art, Seed Sovereignty and Activism here.

You can also read a blog giving insights into our food system here.