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This new series of four case studies documents and analyses some of the main approaches that SKI partners have been implementing to strengthen farmer-led seed systems in Southern Africa over the past 10 years. It gives an inspiring portrayal of SKI seed work in support of the realisation of Farmers' Rights in our region.

BOOK LAUNCH – ‘African Perspectives on Agroecology: Why farmer-led seed and knowledge systems matter’

Available free of charge as an e-book or downloadable PDF. Edited by scholar-activist Rachel Wynberg, from SKI Partner UCT (University of Cape Town, DST/NRF Research Chair on Social and Environmental Dimensions of the Bio-Economy), the...
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Harare Good Food Festival 2023 Publication – “ Deep roots – Traditional root and tuber crops in Zimbabwe”

Each year the Zimbabwe Food Forum organises the Good Food Festival where people come together to enjoy traditional foods, buy seeds, meet producers and processors and have a great time.
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SKI side-event at the FAO Plant Treaty GB10 meeting

SKI Farmers Rights Campaign – On 23 November 2023, SKI hosted a side-event during the week of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) GB 10 meeting at the FAO...
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Who are we?

The Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI) is a dynamic partnership of diverse southern African organisations committed to securing food sovereignty in the region. We work with smallholder farmers to become more seed, food and nutritionally secure through farmer-led seed systems, improved crop diversity, and the revival of local knowledge systems. 

Theory of Change

Our Theory of Change is based on our understanding of how enduring social transformation happens through an intricate and cyclical process of individual, community, and social change. It is also a response to our context, which requires a long term and fundamental paradigm shift.