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Collage drawing of women farmers preparing food and sowing as well as a field and different vegetables.

Transforming the farm input support programme (FISP) to diversified agroecology practices in Mongu district, Western Province, Zambia

Briefing paper

This fourth briefing in a series of four highlights key issues raised at a farmer exchange and learning event held in August 2019 in Mongu District, Western Province, Zambia.

Namushakende Farming Institute (NFI) hosted the field visit and dialogue together with the Zambia Alliance for Agroecology and Biodiversity (ZAAB), Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) and the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB).

This multi-stakeholder dialogue involved 63 participants, bringing together farmers, farmers’ groups, civil society, agronomists and Ministry of Agriculture officials.

The time is now! Recognise, affirm, and support farmer seed systems and agroecology in South Africa!

Briefing paper

Today is World Food Day and farmers are calling for their seeds to be recognised, exchanged and distributed to other farmers, affirming their seeds, their knowledge, and their agroecological practices!  

The deepening social, ecological and climate crises require urgent systematic restructuring of our food systems towards biodiverse, agroecological systems, which begins with seed. The African Centre for Biodiversity is excited to share with you groundwork to revive discussions on farmer seed systems in South Africa, in partnership with farmers and civil society.