Zimbabwe seed fair
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CTA. 1997. Zimbabwe seed fair. Spore 67. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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According to findings which are the result of consultations, held within the framework of a food security project in theMasvingo province of Zimbabwe to identify the major concerns of local farmers, many traditional crop varieties havedisappeared,...
According to findings which are the result of consultations, held within the framework of a food security project in the Masvingo province of Zimbabwe to identify the major concerns of local farmers, many traditional crop varieties have disappeared, leaving only carefully selected, 'improved' cash crops in their place. It seems that conserving local varieties is now top of the farmers' list of priorities. Farmers in the province have therefore decided to organize traditional seeds trade fairs in order to be able to offer a far greater range of varieties for cultivation. These events have also provided an opportunity to make an inventory of all local seed varieties. Furthermore, farmers have been able to exchange information about the characteristics and yields of particular varieties and to share and rediscover good-yielding varieties that had become hard to find. These seed fairs have very quickly become an annual event, organized by the farmers themselves. The surrounding provinces are taking up the idea and are organizing their own fairs. Some farmers have suggested creating and managing a seed bank and growing seeds in demonstration plots to be enable comparison of traditional and modern varieties. Adrian Friggens Farmers' World Network Arthur Rank Centre National AgriculturaI Centre Stoneleigh Warwicks. CV8 2LZ, UK