Peasant seed is the seed which peasants select to reproduce and adapt in their fields from year to year.
Marginalized by “modern” and productivist agriculture, agricultural biodiversity and peasant knowledge are threatened. They are, however, the foundation of a peasant agroecology guaranteeing the food sovereignty of the populations.
West Africa / Biodiversity

“ELOGE DES MILS : L’HERITAGE AFRICAIN” (“Praise of mils: the African heritage”)
Cereals of African descent, millet and sorghum have been supporting the communities for millennia in the resistance to drought and the assertion of an identity peculiar to the hottest regions of the planet.
This film shows why, in a context of food crises aggravated by climate change, the rebirth of millet crops represents a nourishing alternative all the more valuable that it is anchored in a history and knowledge still alive today in West Africa.
> Read more (Fr.)

A documentary designed and written by Robert Ali Brac de la Perrière and directed by Idriss Diabate

In recent months
West Africa/ Research and joint construction of knowledge
Training on the Management of pests in peasant agroecology, in Djougou (Benin) from 17 to 21 July
Organized with the ORAD (Organization of the Rurals for Sustainable Agriculture) and led by Prof. M. Coulibaly to answer a critical concern of the farmers “How to produce our traditional seeds of cowpea without insecticides? “

> Read more (Fr.)

Occitania Region / Research and joint construction of knowledge

First meetings “Sciences – Societies”,
3 to 5 July, 2017
Site St Charles, Pr. Henri Serres Str., Montpellier
> Read more (Fr.) (on MSH-Sud website)
Meetings supported by ALLISS and MSH-Sud and co-organised by Agropolis International / UMR ART-Dev / Artivistes-Atelier / BEDE / UMR CEFE / COGITHON / ComMod / Forum des débats / GDR PARCS / UMR G-eau / UMR Géosciences / UMR GRED / UR Green / Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux / EA LIRDEF / UMR LIRMM / Montpellier SupAgro / MSHS Toulouse / NSS-Dialogues / Les Petits Débrouillards / LabEx SMS / Tela Botanica
Numerous workshops, including: July, 3 (01:30 to 5:00 pm) : Presentation of the future Science Shop “Biodiversity, Agroecology and Food in Occitania”, and July, 4 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) : Agro-ecological transition initiatives > Complete program (Fr.)
Recent Publications
West Africa / Seed Regulations

> Read / Download the study “Semences, Normes et Paysans” (Fr.)

Study “Semences, normes et paysans (Seeds, Norms and Peasants) : Status of the normative and institutional framework of the seed system and the place of farmers seeds and farmers’ rights in Mali” (IRPAD / BEDE, June 2016) (Fr.)
> To find out more on the process “Seeds, Norms and Peasants”) (Fr.)
West Africa / Biodiversity
“Biodiversity and nutrition” Study to assist in the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Systematic Conservation of Biodiversity in National and Regional Nutrition Policies, Programs and Action Plans in Mali..
> To know more about the program (Fr.)

> Read / Download the study “Biodiversité et Nutrition” (Fr.)

West Africa / Research and Agroecology

> Read / Download the study “Contributions nécessaires de la recherche agricole…” (Fr.)

“The necessary contributions of agricultural research for agroecology in West Africa”. This report, prepared in collaboration with FAO, aims to provide an analysis of the needs, experiences and initiatives already undertaken with a view to contributing to the implementation of the recommendations of the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition (2014) and the FAO Regional Meeting for Africa on Agroecology (2015).
Maghreb / Valorisation of Biodiversity

“Passions de figues”, by Chantal Lombet, Marie Poizat and Nordine Boulahouat (BEDE). > Read more (Fr.)

“Les plantes qui nourrissent notre village”, by the children of Tazla (Algeria) and Nordine Boulahouat (BEDE). > Read more (Fr.)
Look at other publications and DVD produced by BEDE