The SKI Seed case study series documents and analyses some of the main approaches that SKI partners have been implementing to strengthen farmer-led seed systems in Southern Africa. 

Please access the links below for PDF versions of the four case studies:

The role of seed fairs in celebrating and nurturing agrobiodiversity and resilient seed systems

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...
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Participatory Mapping as a transformative evaluation process towards the co-construction of knowledge and action on seed and agroecology

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...
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Reconnecting for resilience: a case study of farmers’ seed exchange networks in southern Africa

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...
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The ChimaniMbeu Market: A case study of how a seed market has grown seed sovereignty in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe

"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
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Whole landscapes, whole communities – Working with Nature to heal landscapes in Southern Africa

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...
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The Biofertilizer Story

This paper tells the successful story of SKI with introducing the Biofertiliser technology to smallholder farmers in Southern Africa.
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Participatory Mapping for Agroecology Transformation

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.
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Community Seed and Food Fairs in Malawi

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.
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Policy brief on community seedbanks in 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...
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Harare Good Food Festival 2021-Publication-Eat-More-Plants

Harare Good Food Festival 2021 Publication – “Eat More Plants”

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...
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