Do you want to strengthen alternatives carried on by farming communities for agricultural biodiversity and peasant seed ?
> Support BEDE for a diversified and supportive peasant agroecology.

Participate in the publication of the book “De l’oignon de Tarassac, semence paysanne” byYves Giraud, a co-publication
Collective of the Sowers of Lodévois-Larzac / BEDE / RSP : click here
A training course offered by BEDE
” Strengthening Farmers’ Seed Systems in Africa”
(21-23 mai 2019, Montpellier)
The objective is to propose to the leaders of farmers’ organizations,
members of associations and international solidarity NGOs, tools that will enable them to best support farmers involved in the promotion of
peasant seed systems in peasant agroecology.

> See the detailed training offer
News
WEST AFRICA
Peasant Seeds
African Consultation of Civil Society Organizations on the Implementation of Farmers’ Rights
In mid-July 2018, 40 people from 17 African countries, representing farmers, ranchers, small-scale food producers, women’s organizations, associations and NGOs of food sovereignty actors, met at the International Centre for Training in Peasant Agroecology in Nyéléni, Selingué, Mali to defend the rights of farmers to their seeds for food sovereignty. The meeting was organized by the Committee for the Planning of Food Sovereignty (ICP) and hosted by the National Coordination of Farmers’ Organizations (CNOP). > For more information and to read the final declaration for Africa
First meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Farmers’ Rights (11-14 September 2018, FAO, RomeThe results of this consultation (link above) and those organized for other continents will form the basis for the negotiation that the IPC will have from 11 to 14 September 2018 in Rome at FAO headquarters, where the First Meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Farmers’ Rights will take place (> Agenda and documents on the FAO website). Participants will discuss options (existing or desirable) to implement Article 9 of the ITPGRFA on farmers’ rights to seeds in their countries. For the IPC, Alimata Traoré (COASP, Mali) will be present at the discussion table and 4 other observers (one per region) representing small-scale food producer organizations will attend.
Benin / Agroecology and Peasant Seeds

Farmers’ action research on cowpea cultivation in peasant agroecology and conference-debate on agroecology, climate change and peasant seeds.
ORAD and BEDE have been involved for several years in an action research project for the production of cowpeas in peasant agroecology in Benin. They both have organized a new space for the exchange of knowledge between farmers and Professor Amadou Coulibaly, a teacher at the IPR in Katibougou (Mali), who has been following this system since the beginning. The professor led a conference-debate on July 6, organized by BEDE and ORAD at the University of Parakou, on the theme of agroecology, biodiversity and farmer seeds. > For more information

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Algeria / Support for peasant communities
Professionalization program for date palm climbers (BEDE / AREA-ED)
“Professionalizing through the modernization of tools”: Exchanges of experiences between Lozerian rope climbers and palm climbers from southern Algeria (spring 2018)
> For more information
Support Program for Farmers’ Communities in National Parks (AREA-ED / BEDE / TORBA) “Agrobiodiversity in Tlemcen, Djurdjura and Babors National Parks : First Field Surveys”
> For more information
Dates to remember
September, October and November
15 / 10 au 30 / 11 :
ALIMENTERRE FESTIVAL

Reminder : “Eloge des mils – L’Héritage africain” (“In Praise of Millets, the Africain Heritage”) co-written and co-produced by BEDE and directed by Idriss Diabaté, is one of the 8 documentaries selected for the 2018 Alimenterre Festival.
> Organize a screening.

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