Logo semons la biodiversitéCollectif Semons la biodiversité Press Release (July 25, 2016)
“Biodiversity Act: unfinished advances for agricultural biodiversity”
Movement of peasant and traditional seeds; patenting of life; ban neonicotinoid pesticides: issues relating to agricultural biodiversity were fiercely debated until final reading of Biodiversity Bill. If progress were recorded, several crucial issues remain unresolved to fully enable France to be part of a project announced as agroecological …
Since 2014, the course of the Biodiversity Bill has not been a bed of roses, what conclusions to draw today ?
> To know more (Full Press Release, French)

Soon / Dates to remember

September, Sunday 4, 13:00
“Privatisation of the living and reconstruction of collective rights over seeds”, Conference by R.A. Brac de la Perrière (Coordinator BEDE) at the Salon Valériane in Namur (Belgium)


Recent Publications
West Africa / Enhancement of agricultural biodiversity
Couv Consommer local “Consommer la biodiversité locale pour mieux se nourrir” (“Eat local biodiversity for a better diet”)This bilingual and illustrated booklet (Bambara and French) aims to inform consumers, particularly rural women, about issues related to the consumption of local and imported products in Mali.
Through diverse examples, this book shows to what point consuming products from both wild and cultivated biodiversity is important for the environment, the well-being of life on earth and the economy. These are the pillars of food sovereignty as when buying and consuming a product, one must be aware of what is behind it. Good food means good health and sound intellectual development.” Alimata Traore (Convergence of rural women for food sovereignty – COFERSA) and Anne Berson (BEDE)
Published in collaboration with COFERSA (Convergence of Rural Women for Food Sovereignty). Printed and distributed in Mali (2015).
> Read the digital version (low resolution illustrations) / You can also order it in BEDE (10 € + postage).

Publication (French, out of print) to read online or to download : “Les semences des paysannes au cœur de la souveraineté alimentaire” (“Seeds of farmers at the heart of food sovereignty”) Livret "Les semences des paysannes au cœur de la souveraineté alimentaire" (Mali, 2007)In Africa, women play a vital role in the conservation of seeds. In continuation of several exchanges between Malian farmer organizations, Senegalese and French, URCAK and BEDE have organized in December 2006 a workshop on the role of women in the preservation of agricultural biodiversity. The aim was to inform farmers and peasants on current issues that threaten seeds and to link existing initiatives to enhance farmers’ knowledge about local plant heritage. (Published in collaboration with URKAK, 2007)