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...
"We now have our own seed and can plant when it rains instead of looking for money to buy seed or needing to wait for government handouts." - Women and men farmers working with TSURO
This 6-min animation video explains in an African story-telling style the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of the SKI Agroecology Landscape approach. It gives an introduction to the Agroecology Landscape work that SKI has been pioneering in seven pilot sites in Southern Africa since 2021.
This paper tells the successful story of SKI with introducing the Biofertiliser technology to smallholder farmers in Southern Africa.
This SKI Guide presents “how to” tools that SKI partners have used since 2015 to promote farmer-centred community- based mapping for assessment, learning and monitoring purposes.
Introduced by civil society organisations, seed and food fairs are a regular feature on the calendars of farmers working with the Biodiversity Conservation Initiative (BCI) in northern Malawi.
A policy brief on community seed banks in Malawi is available for download. This brief was prepared by Rachel Wynberg (UCT), Regine Andersen (Fridtjof Nansen Institute) and Viviana Meixner Vasquez (Fridtjof Nansen Institute). Another brief on farmers’ rights in Malawi will be completed in August/September. To access and download the PDF of this brief, please...
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Coming out of the 2021 Harare Good Food Festival, this is the seventh booklet developed by the Zimbabwe Traditional and Organic Food Forum. Each year the Food Forum organises the Good Food Festival where people come together to enjoy traditional foods, buy seeds, meet producers and processors, and have a fantastic time. This booklet focuses...
  AFSA & SKI are delighted to announce the publication of a new book on agroecological practices: Healthy Soil for Healthy Communities – An Introduction to Soil Health Practices for Africa There is a growing awareness across Africa that we need to improve the health of soils dramatically if we are to produce nutritious food...
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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.

Recent Articles

Participatory Mapping as a transformative evaluation process towards the co-construction of knowledge and action on seed and agroecology
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The ChimaniMbeu Market: A case study of how a seed market has grown seed sovereignty in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe
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