10,000 years of work by small farming families

Agricultural seeds bring independence

Year after year, more and more local varieties of agricultural seeds are disappearing – including in Colombia. To reverse these losses, so-called seed guardians are working hard to produce high-quality seeds adapted to local conditions. They have developed a “participatory guarantee system” for this. You can find out how it works in this short film.


Country, region:
Columbia, Cauca, Valle de Cauca, Sucre, Antioquia, Caldas, Boyacá und Cundinamarca
January 2020 - July 2023
550 seed guardians and around 5,000 smallholder families
Total project budget:
CHF 300,000


Since the “Semillas de Identidad” campaign started in 2010, 15 seed networks have been established. Since then, the seed guardians in the networks have succeeded in providing over 10 tons of seed to village seed banks. In recent years, they have developed a participatory guarantee system (PGS), a methodology for ensuring the quality, promotion and distribution of agricultural seeds.

Project overview


Webinar on the topic (German)