I thought I’d share the summary poster from that GRAIN paper on African farmers’ seed systems that I just Nibbled.
I may blog in more detail about this, but for now let me just say that even if you fully agree with all this it’s still possible to see a role for “formal sector” genebanks, as back-ups and facilitators of (especially long-distance) germplasm exchange. Why doesn’t the paper recognize this? Even if farmers’ seed systems do feed Africa, do they necessarily have to do it on their own?
You all know about the CGIAR-Crop Trust Genebank Platform, right? It’s what made that recent breakthrough on the funding of the global rice genebank possible. Which you would know if you subscribed to the newsletter. Well, now you can join a Facebook group too, if that’s what floats your boat. And look at nice pix, like the one below.