Seeding Food Security, Sovereignty and Culture

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Seeding Food Security, Sovereignty and Culture

South Africa
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
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Approximately sixty percent of South Africa's seed patrimonies of local or traditional varieties of food crops have been lost as people have migrated from rural areas to the urban areas over the last several generations. Munya is building a network of integrated home seed banks that not only preserves vital crop varieties in South Africa, but also revitalizes food sources and culture. His approach allows households in urban areas to self identify and conserve heirloom and noncommercial white maize, watermelon, peanut, Jugo beans, and sorghum seeds. He teaches would-be gardeners and provides seeds to urban farmers interested in planting these traditional crops and has effectively created a 'green source' for poor farmers: a complete system of household seed exchange.

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Indegenous heirloom seed banks - Munyaradzi discovered that communities kept significant quantities of seed in their homes, including one hundred percent of the varieties that were no longer being planted for commercial purposes. Despite the fact that families held onto these seeds, Munayaradzi came to realize that knowledge of certain seed varieties' existence was no longer shared. The so-called "heirloom seeds" were viewed as irrelevant to current farming and belonging to an old and rural generation. Munyaradzi believes that not only is valuable traditional knowledge embedded and embodied in these seeds, but great economic potential as well. He is, therefore, re-introducing the cultural practice of the seed saving and knowledge and using the network he has built to address issues of food security and education in South Africa's urban and peri-urban areas