While seed diversity is declining and the monopolisation of the seed market is worldwide increasing, farmers in Colombia and Nicaragua are succeeding in preserving and promoting their indigenous seeds.
FARMER MANAGED SEED SYSTEMS IN LATIN AMERICA
Gene drive organisms have been greeted with a breathless euphoria by some geneticists, policy-makers and philanthropists. By manipulating the sexual reproductive system of naturally-occurring organisms, the promoters of the technology claim they should be able to exterminate some species that are harmful to humans, such as pests and disease vectors, while supposedly improving the prospects of others that humanity wishes to conserve. However, once we look behind the headline-grabbing claims, it becomes clear that the use of this technology could put food systems and humanity at serious risk of irreversible harm.
Small farmers in Nicaragua are taking steps together to defend against major agricultural enterprises that want to import genetically modified seeds. Thanks to field trials financed by SWISSAID, they can prove that local varieties are more economical and respond with greater resistance to climate fluctuations – and yield harvests which are just as plentiful.
Organic farming helps poor farmers find a way out of poverty and hunger. This video lists the most convincing points.