What We Do

We work to empower individuals, organisations and communities to be confident in their knowledge, to be inspired and from there to influence others.

Based on our Theory of Change and guided by shared principles, we work together with others to have impact on three key interrelated areas: Diverse farmer-led seed systems, Agroecology and Resilient Communities. Our approach is focused on strengthening and spreading the practices of agroecology and farmer-led seed systems; contributing to a growing movement on agroecology and farmers’ rights in the region; and to shift the discourse in policy, educational and public spaces.

Therefore SKI partners' activities focus on…

  • Generating and sharing knowledge through horizontal learning processes, is at the core of the strategy and as a result many opportunities are created for this to happen.
  • Field days, trainings, farmer to farmer exchanges are among the key learning opportunities. With the loss of seed comes the loss of knowledge about the seed, so farmers benefit from learning from one another. Seed fairs remain a highlight of every year and at these events the full value of seed diversity is in the spotlight for all to appreciate. For many partners community dialogues form the basis of meaningful and lasting community engagement and change.
  • Building a platform for learning and action in the region based on a shared knowledge and practice on the key impact areas. A particular strength of SKI is the ability to be a connector, to have a ‘birds-eye’ view in the region and to connect and link opportunities in communities, organisations, and individuals that enabled sharing their practices and positions.
  • By establishing a Community of Practice early on, practitioners joined in a regional space where they could co-create knowledge to build such a platform for future action.
  • Through the work of UCT, a number of students and other research projects explored issues around seed and contributed to changing narratives around seed, AE, GMOs, and research ethics. (Link with UCT)
  • Research and advocacy to shift discourse and generate meaningful solutions that will drive a supportive policy environment. Participatory research, publications and facilitating meaningful dialogue with a diversity of actors, are some of the activities that contributes towards a shifting discourse.
  • Supporting organisational development and mobilising resources to enable effectiveness and a common strategy has been a key part of our strategy and enables partners to focus their efforts towards addressing the immediate crisis in the region – on farm, organisational and policy levels.