Local Participatory Seed Production and Marketing
Agro-ecological projects aimed at increasing food security and resilience often include seed production and marketing dimensions. This may include local varieties, improved cultivars, or lost varieties that have been identified by farmers as good options for specific contexts and uses. For example, fast-growing cultivars help overcome the hungry period before later-maturing varieties can be harvested. Iron and zinc-rich cultivars can be good options, especially for women and children. Strengthening local seed systems enhances access to seed at affordable prices, and provides sustainable incomes for seed producers. In remote areas, the use of minipacks, seed fairs and mobile seed shops can increase accessibility.