We regularly provide news from the project launched in 2021 in Tanzania, Niger, Chad and India. You can find the latest updates here or on the websites of the consortium members SWISSAID, FiBL and AFSA.

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First seed fair in Chad: A way to bring the Peasant Seed System forward

It is in Pala that the CROPS4HD team in Chad demonstrated our project as an initiative to show case the importance of peasant seeds in food security and biodiversity preservation. This was done through a two-day fair, on the 20 and 21 December 2022, with the theme “Seed systems, biodiversity and resilience of rural households…

New publication on the right to seeds in Africa

A new publication co-published by Geneva Academy, South Center and CROPS4HD/SWISSAID has just been released. It looks at the implementation of the right to seeds in Africa from a perspective of peasant’s rights declaration (UNDROP).

Links between gender and varietal selection: the case study in Orissa

In September 2022, Bhittibhumi carried out a participatory Variety Selection (PVS) exercise in Orissa with the support and guidance of FiBL. The exercise involved farmers as key stakeholders to seek and determine the most preferred lines of green gram and sesame for further advancement. Discussions with the farmers (both genders) showed differences and some similarities…

PMCA visibilty in Niger

In Niger, CROPS4HD actors participated to the National Forum for Women’s and Youth’s Empowerment taking place in Dosso in October 2022. It was the 6th edition with the specific theme “Entrepreneurship in Niger: promoting areas of growth”. CROPS4HD, have had the opportunity to present the Participatory Market Chain Approach.

Visit in Colombia : knowledge exchange

Community seed banks are a central pillar of the project CROPS4HD to increase accessibility of neglected and underutilised crops as well as farmers’ varieties. In Latin America, SWISSAID has been working with community seed banks for 15 years. Therefore, the project decided to capitalise this experience in a South-South exchange

Side event to CFS 50 co-organized by CROPS4HD partners

On October 12, 2022, IPES-Food, SWISSAID, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, Alliance Bioversity-CIAT, AFSA, Agroecology Coalition and Biovision jointly organized a side event at the 50th meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). 160 people from all continents followed the rich speeches and lively discussion in person or online.

Nane Nane Day : Farmer’s exhibition week in Tanzania

A one-week fair, the Agricultural Exhibition, took place in various locations in Tanzania, where farmers and other agricultural stakeholders were put in the spotlight, providing them an opportunity to share their concrete activities and inputs on the agricultural sector with the general public. More broadly, it enabled awareness-raising to the policy makers, community, and other…

Participatory Varietal Selection in India: research and process in the state of Karnataka

Promoting change through participatory activities is one of the key goals of CROPS4HD. For this, we conduct a concrete approach for the PUSH implementing aspect of the project: the Participatory Varietal Selection (PVS). In India, the first training supervised by expert from FiBL, and jointly organized by FiBL, SWISSAID and Sahaja Samrudha, took place in…

Creation of synergies in Chad : PMCA Event

During the first half year of 2022 the four CROPS4HD countries have successfully established the launch of their first Participatory Market Chain Approach (PMCA) event. In Chad, this first event took place on the 18th of June in N’Djamena. This approach aims to bring together farmers, market agents and other service providers to identify and…


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