Describe your implementation:
In order to create a Participatory Seed Dissemination process, the social agreement (agree upon the use of their seeds) was key to start the activities, in the first phase, 300 local seeds of maize and beans were collected
Seed diversity fairs facilitated seed diversity access in which an enabling environment was created in favor of agrobiodiversity values. Farmers could exchange and discuss practices about local seeds and plant management; in a demonstrative plot farmers start working and replicate the activities they know; the cultivation takes place respecting farmers’ cultural practices. Then, farmers visit the demonstrative plot to receive training regarding soil management, plant development and seed selection. Finally, farmers harvest, select and exchange seeds; they take seeds back home from other places to beneficially increase the seed diversity and impact positively in improving yield and culinary aspects.
A second phase was organized and around 75 champion farmers were recognized as “Agrobiodiversity Pollinators” by their function of spreading seed diversity and agroecological practices during the first phase. Every “Pollinator” brought 20 farmers on board. Pollinators organized farmers’ networks in connection with R&D organizations. In order to create a critical number of Agrobiodiversity Pollinators an action learning method was applied. This method which is based on multidisciplinary teams efforts collectively identified and tackled concrete challenges through continual cycles of planning, delivery and reflection
The intervention involved diversity of stakeholders as follows:
o Colectivo ISITAME A.C.
o CICER A.C.
o Union de Milperos Tradicionales A.C.
o Red de Maíz Criollo
• Research and development organizations
o Programa Modernización Sustentable de la Agricultura Tradicional (MasAgro)
o Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas (UNACH)
o Universidad Intercultural de Chiapas (UNICH)
o Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP)
o National institute of Agricultural Sciences (INCA)
o International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA)
o Secretaría del Campo (SECAM)
o Secretaría de Pueblos Indios (SEPI)
o Value seed chains
4 new seed enterprises managed by small farmer champions
10 Plant breeders from Chiapas and 2 plant breeding from an international organisation (ICRA) and 2 from INCA, Cuba.
At least 500 clients from Larrainzar, Zinacantán, Tenejapa y Chenalhó municipalities. They accessed to local seed varieties improved by small farmers.