Soon / Dates to remember
Wednesday 14 June 2017, 7.30 pm
Screening in preview of the documentary “Éloge des mils : l’héritage africain”, conceived and written by Robert Brac de la Perrière (BEDE) and directed by Idriss Diabate.

Amphithéâtre François Furet / Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme
105, Bd Raspail, Paris 6ème
In a context of food crises aggravated by climate change, the revival of millet crops represents a nurturing alternative all the more valuable that it is anchored in a history and knowledge still alive today in West Africa. > Read more / > To know more about the project

In recent months / News
West Africa / Peasant Seeds
March, 24 to 30 in Segou (Mali)
Seed Autonomy : Meeting of the stakeholders and Farmers Seeds Festival
A meeting of the West African Peasant Seed Committee (COASP-Mali) and the opening to the public of Benkadi Bugu’s farm-school in agroecology to promote and celebrate peasant seeds.
> To know more about the Meeting (fr)
> To know more about the Farmers Seeds Festival in Benkadi Bugu (fr)
Maghreb / Farmers’ Rights

April 12 and 13, 2017 in Touggourt (Algeria)
A multi-stakeholder workshop organised by AREA-ED, BEDE and INRA-Algeria
> Presentation and program (fr)

> Tribute to Mustapha Cherifi, cultivator of date palms, disappeared in early February (fr)
The softness of a date masks the adversity endured by the date palm climbers who sometimes pay with their lives the exercise of their craft. On February 2, 2017, in the palm grove of Beni Isguen, a very brief moment has been enough for Mustapha Cherifi to fall from the date palm tree in which he was working. This very experienced date palm cultivator leaves three orphans and a widow waiting for their 4 Th child.
Recent publications
West Africa / Seed Regulations
“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)
> To know more and access the study (fr)
West Africa / Biodiversity

“Biodiversité et nutrition” (Biodiversity and nutrition) Study to assist in the implementation of the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for the Systematic Conservation of Biodiversity in National and Regional Nutrition Policies, Programs and Action Plans in Mali. (BEDE, nov. 2016) > To know more about the workshop (fr)
 West Africa / Research and agroecology
 Study “The necessary contributions of agricultural research for agroecology in West Africa”. This report, drawn up thanks to a collaboration between the BEDE association and FAO, aims to draw up an analysis based on the needs, experiences and initiatives already undertaken, with a view to implementing the recommendations of the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition
FAO (2014) and the FAO Regional Meeting for Africa on Agroecology (2015).
International / Coalitions / Agricultural Biodiversity
Publication of the brochure “Peasants give Life to Biodiversity” produced by the CIP (International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty)
For the occasion of the opening of the On the occasion of the opening of the Sixteenth Ordinary Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
30 January – 3 February 2017
A contribution of small food producers to the first report on “State of Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture in the World” (FAO)
> For more information on the process put in place by the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC)
> Read / Download : Français / Arabic / English / Espanol /Português
Printed Brochures available at BEDE in all these languages.

Maghreb/ Enhancement of Biodiversity


“Passions de figues”, “Passions for figs”, Authors : Chantal Lombet, Marie Poizat, and Nordine Boulahouat (BEDE). Produced in collaboration with the Association of Figuiculteurs of the wilaya of Bejaia (AFWB) in Algeria, published in September 2016.

With this book BEDE wants to highlight a product with exceptional virtues, and transmit the valuable knowledge of Mediterranean women on the diversity of its uses in the kitchen. In addition to many knowledge about the history, culture and varietal diversity, this book provides a list of sweet and savory recipes as well as therapeutic uses, illustrated with numerous photos.
> To know more (Fr) Order the book at BEDE (10€ + postage)

“Les plantes qui nourrissent notre village”, “The plants that nourish our village”, by the children of Tazla (Algeria) and Nordine Boulahouat (BEDE). Produced in collaboration with the Association ADHRAR for Local Development of the Village of Tazla and published in September 2016.
This book is the fruit of an educational project to raise awareness on biodiversity conservation locally grown, started in 2015 with the Association of Tazla (Kabylia, Algeria) and the children of the village. 17 children aged 7 to 17 were invited to choose the food plants that represent their village and to write a book to tell. They were supervised by two teachers living in Tazla and the project manager at BEDE.
Order the book at BEDE
(5€ + postage)

The children have questionned their families and their work is reproduced in this book, supplemented by photos and drawings.couv-plantes-qui-nourrissent-notre-village

> Read the webversion of “Les plantes qui nourrissent notre village” (Fr.)