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Action Alert: Call for Seed Stories

25. September 2013

    The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) is inviting submission of seed stories. Stories should be personal, written simply, and illustrate a seed challenge in your region.

     

    For example, stories could address one of the following questions:

    1. What are the strategies/obstacles you face in preserving local seed varieties?

    2. Are there any seed saving knowledge systems being revived in your local community?

    3.  What do you see as the social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits of seed exchanges in your communities?

     

    A few emblematic seed stories will be selected for the ‘Seeds for Life’ Briefing organized by the EAA and its partner Gaia Foundation for World Food Day, 16 October 2013. This Briefing will also serve as the basis for discussions at the climate negotiations in Warsaw (UNFCCC COP19) to explore how seed diversity enhances climate resilience.

     

    Case studies should be a maximum of one page, with links or references to any additional supporting information, images or video.

     

    Seed stories should be submitted in electronic form to ccampeau@e-alliance.ch by the deadline of Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

     

     

    Background

     

    The first goal of the EAA’s ‘Food for Life’ campaign entails advocacy for food production, trade and distribution systems that are just, participatory and democratic, are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable, and support the right of all people to adequate, healthy and culturally appropriate food.

     

    EAA members have increasingly focused attention on agroecological farming methods, and on the growing body of evidence of increased yields as well as of ecological sustainability. In order for this to be realised, farmers need access to and control over natural resources, such as land, water and seeds.

     

    More than 75% of all crop diversity has been permanently lost, mostly in the last 80 years. Our global food system is now reliant on only a few varieties of staple foods. This poses a serious risk to food security and to our resiliency in the face of climate change.

     

    EAA members and partners have a wealth of experience in sustainable food production and seed preservation in many different parts of the world. So tell us your story!


The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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