Green Action Week Participants Reclaim
Indigenous Seed & Knowledge
When we lose indigenous and local varieties of food and seed, we also lose the knowledge and cultural identity associated with it. Local and indigenous varieties tend to be more resilient to climate change, are increasingly being recognised as having higher nutritional value, and are embedded into many social and community rituals. Several Green Action Week participants used their campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of these varieties, often also showcasing ways to prepare and cook them.
Indigenous Seed and Knowledge Campaigns 2023
In Indonesia, the Lembaga Konsumen Yogyakarta/Yogyakarta Consumer Institute shared information and experiences related to the cultivation of moringa, the crafting of eco-enzyme fertiliser, processing of moringa into health and nutritious dishes and learning materials. YCI supplied rural communities with Moringa agricultural materials to kickstart production of the crop, which is undervalued despite its high nutrient content. In Tanzania, Envirocare mapped local seeds and foods, hosting workshops on the value of local food systems. Elders were encouraged to share their knowledge and showcase the array of indigenous seeds, plants, herbs and roots that had beneficial qualities. In Kenya, Participatory Ecological Land Use Management championed indigenous seed varieties and indigenous food production generated through agroecological production. They planted out more than 700 trees and gained a commitment from political leaders to promote agroecology.
In Senegal, the Association for the Defence of the Environment and Consumers worked with women’s groups to develop sites for planting and in India, the Consumer Education and Research Centre worked to raise awareness of the health benefits of millet through a fair in which home chefs shared their millet dishes and recipes, sell millet-based products and were able to network for further business opportunities. The Consumers’ Association of Penang in Malaysia also focused on boosting recognition of farmer seed varieties – and the knowledge and cultural identity associated with them through a seed fair, seed art competitions, a webinar and other advocacy activities.and establishing local cereal varieties and fruit trees.
Check out our mini-stories booklet to read about some of the great campaigns that took place in Green Action Week 2023.