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Seed banks and national policy in Brazil
April 16th, 2016

Increasingly, seeds are the domain of professional breeders, agribusiness and policy makers. They decide what makes for a good variety and they develop legislation that excludes other varieties. Despite this, farmer organisations and social movements in Paraíba, Brazil, have managed to strengthen decentralised farmer-driven seed selection and distribution systems and public seed policies. They may … Read moreSeed banks and national policy in Brazil

Seeds or grains: Breaking the dichotomy
March 30th, 2014

Increasingly, seeds are the domain of professional seed breeders, agribusiness and policy makers. They decide what makes a good variety and they establish legislation that excludes other varieties. Despite this, farmer organisations and social movements in Paraíba, Brazil, have managed to strengthen decentralised farmer-driven seed selection and distribution systems and public seed policies. They may … Read moreSeeds or grains: Breaking the dichotomy

Theme overview – Building markets: A challenge for family farming
June 22nd, 2013

In a situation where transnational corporations are playing an increasingly dominant role in the world’s agri-food systems, two of the greatest challenges that family farmers face are developing strategies to improve market access, and adding value to their agricultural production. There are many successful experiences that set examples that may be amenable to replication. In … Read moreTheme overview – Building markets: A challenge for family farming

Agricultural metabolism as a tool
June 23rd, 2012

Manuel Gonzalez de Molina – Manuel Gonzalez de Molina Navarro works as Professor in the Department of Contemporary History at the University Pablo de Olavide (Seville), where he directs the Laboratory of Agro-ecosystems History. He proposes the use of “social metabolism” as a tool and perspective to describe and analyse the relationship between nature and … Read moreAgricultural metabolism as a tool