Mama Mamrhasi from Hobeni Village, South Africa, displays wild spinach (known as 'imifino' in Xhosa, one of the official languages of South Africa) that she has collected from her home garden. Credit: Katie Tavenner

Boosting the conservation of crop wild relatives in Southern Africa

Bioversity International’s South African Development Community Crop Wild Relatives Project is drawing to a close with a final dissemination meeting...

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Seed fair with smallholder farmers in Mutale, Limpopo Province, South Africa. This community has been earmarked by the government to set up a community seedbank.  Credit: Bioversity International/R.Vernooy

Community seedbanks as a platform for crop conservation and improvement in South Africa

Community seedbanks could service as co-ordinating agencies bringing together farmers, plant breeders, genebank curators and other stakeholders to...

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Seed fair with smallholder farmers in Mutale, Limpopo Province. This community has been earmarked by the government to set up a community seedbank. Credit: Bioversity International/R.Vernooy

Gender and Climate Change

With contribution from Bioversity International, a set of policy briefs published by CIFOR in light of the upcoming Global Landscapes Forum, provides...

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Women of Gumbu village in South Africa unite for a seed fair. Credit: Bioversity International/R. Vernooy

Seed savers of Gumbu

A recently established South African community seedbank is entirely managed by women. Ronnie Vernooy, Genetic Resources Policy Specialist, explains...

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Crop wild relatives – are they going to end up like the dodo?

Many crop wild relatives are at risk of extinction. How to safeguard and use them was the theme of a side event held during the Plant Treaty Governing...

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Supporting Seedbanks in South Africa publication

Supporting community seedbanks in South Africa

A new report by Bioversity International and partners provides input for a strategy to support community seedbanks in South Africa’s smallholder...

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