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West Africa / Food Sovereignty

DVD : “Eloge des mils – L’héritage africain” (In Praise of Millets – The African Heritage” (60′, 2017, 20 €)
Directed by Idriss Diabate (AAPSI, DJA COMM), and conceived and written by Robert Ali Brac de la Perrière, general coordinator of BEDE
Cereals of African descent, millet and sorghum (millet) 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.
Against the backdrop of food crises aggravated by climate change in these particularly vulnerable areas, the revival of millet crops is a valuable alternative all the more valuable that it is anchored in a history and knowledge still alive today.
Testimonies from peasants in West Africa show us not only the great diversity of uses, culinary, fodder, for construction, medicinal or even ritual; But also how valuable this cereal is to the economy and food sovereignty of their countries. All emphasize the importance of defending it and putting millet back into the plates, especially in cities, where it has disappeared in favor of much less nutritious food.


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A subtitled version in English was produced. To order it, please send a message to BEDE.



West Africa / Research and joint construction of knowledge
  VIDEOS : “AGROÉCOLOGIE PAYSANNE : QUELLES CONTRIBUTIONS DE LA RECHERCHE EN AFRIQUE DE L’OUEST ? Expériences paysannes, entretiens et points de vue” (FARMING AGROECOLOGY : WHAT CONTRIBUTIONS FROM RESEEARCH IN WEST AFRICA ? Farming experiences, interviews and points of view”) 13 short videos by Anne Berson-Déna (2010-2017). These videos have been put together in a USB key that is distributed in West Africa.
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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 grow our traditional varieties of cowpea without insecticides? “

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Occitania Region / Research and joint construction of knowledge

Presentation of the future Science Shop “Biodiversity, Agroecology and Food in Occitania”
As part of the Assises Sciences Société supported by ALLIS and the MSH-SUD from July 3rd to 5th in Montpellier, BEDE coorganized in particular the presentation workshop of the future “Biodiversity, Agroecology and Food in Occitania” Science Shop.
> To know more about the Science shop Project.
Recent Publications
West Africa / Peasant Seeds
“Semences paysannes en Afrique de l’Ouest / Guide de production” (“Peasant Seeds in West Africa / Production Guide”, coordinated and written by Anne Berson Déna, BEDE program manager in West Africa. (A4, 98 p, August 2017)
This very illustrated book (drawings and photos) is the result of several years of work with peasants and farmers from West Africa (Mali, Benin, Senegal …) who shared their practices and knowledge about seed production. Many of the information in this book comes from their experiences. The first part exposes the fundamental principles of agroecology and offers practical advice for the cultivation and selection of peasant seeds. This is completed by a chapter devoted to the collective management of farmers’ seeds and another one to the regulatory issues of seeds.

The second part includes the practical seed production sheets of 26 food plants, grouped by plant families: cereals, tubers, legumes, fruit vegetables, leaf vegetables and root vegetables and bulbs.
> To know more and access to some chapters and sheets (Fr.)
This book is mainly distributed in West Africa, and on sale (20 €) at BEDE headquarters in Montpellier (France).
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> 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 know more about 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
“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). > Read / Download the study “Contributions nécessaires de la recherche agricole…” (Fr.)
Maghreb / Valorisation of Biodiversity

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

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