Sprouting from Disaster

Institutionalizing Farmer to Farmer Ecological Seed Response for a Sustainable and Ecological Seed and Food System in the Philippines

Publication - August 29, 2018
Climate change is making natural disasters more intense and frequent, which in turn cause periodic food emergencies and damage billions' worth of agriculture. In response, the government must review its policies and craft new ones so that farmers can help their fellow farmers who are affected by storms and drought to access diversified seeds. This will give rise to climate-resilient communities that are prepared to face future disasters.

"Sprouting from Disaster: Institutionalizing Farmer to Farmer Ecological Seed Response for a Sustainable and Ecological Seed and Food System in the Philippines" is a policy brief which presents learnings from the farmer-to-farmer ecological seed responses which Greenpeace Southeast Asia - Philippines facilitated in collaboration with farmer groups, civil society organizations, and local government units from 2014 to 2016. This project was undertaken in twelve municipalities whose food and agriculture systems were hit by storms and drought during that period.

It makes recommendations to the government for new policies, and reviews policies that are already in place.

More importantly, it shows that small-holder farmers, who are keepers of on-farm biodiversity, can respond to crises and help build back better biodiversity on-farm.

Read the policy brief here: 

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