Celebrating African Rural Women: Custodians of Seed, Food & Traditional Knowledge for Climate Change Resilience

African Biodiversity Network, The Gaia Foundation, African Women’s Development Fund, Angela Hilmi

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Abstract

Celebrating African Rural Women: Custodians of Seed, Food & Traditional Knowledge for Climate Change Resilience is a report from The Gaia Foundation in collaboration with the African Biodiversity Network and with the support of the African Women's Development Fund. Over 4 chapters and 60 pages the in-depth report shows that a vast wealth of knowledge about crops, wild foods, nutrition, medicinal plants and biodiversity is on the verge of being lost in Africa, just when it is most needed for climate change resilience. Crop and plant diversity is critical in the face of climate change and yet rural women - those who are most knowledgeable about cultivating this diversity - are being actively undermined. This report shows how the agri-business industry is promoting seed monopoly laws which would criminalise the farmers who save, exchange and sell their seeds - a practice which has been at the heart of agriculture and enhancing seed diversity for millennia.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Gaia Foundation
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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The full text is available from: http://www.gaiafoundation.org/sites/default/files/documents/CelebratingAfricanRuralWomen_GaiaABNNov2015.pdf

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    African Biodiversity Network, The Gaia Foundation, African Women’s Development Fund, & Hilmi, A. (2015). Celebrating African Rural Women: Custodians of Seed, Food & Traditional Knowledge for Climate Change Resilience. The Gaia Foundation.