November 21, 2023
Seeds may carry genetic information, but they also tell stories of the people who cultivate them, their resilience, and adaptation to the environment. We use these seeds in traditional rituals which many people perform, they are used to communicate with ancestors and also for appeasing them, which is a thanksgiving ceremony done for the ancestors.
Within the larger movements for food sovereignty, agroecology and biocultural diversity, pedagogies of hope believe in peoples’ ability to make history and transform society. People are involved in a deeply sense-making activity through the co-construction of collective knowledge for food sovereignty, agroecology and biocultural diversity.
It was very cold. Showers of rain were falling on the bare red soils of Chikukwa Ward, Chimanimani, as I made my way to CELUCT’s seed fair, with a heavy basket on my head. It was hard to move fast because the road from Matsoka was steep and slippery. But oh, it was marvellous when...

Seed and Knowledge Initiative

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. While we have relationships with a number of organisations and individuals all over the world, our primary stakeholders are the farmers we work with in Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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