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Farmer Managed Seed Systems in Morogoro and Mvomero, Tanzania: The disregarded wealth of smallholder farmers

Africa Centre for Biodiversity (2016):
Farmer Managed Seed Systems in Morogoro and Mvomero, Tanzania: The disregarded wealth of smallholder farmers

Summary


This report was prepared by the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), in partnership with Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania (MVIWATA) and Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), based on field work conducted in Morogoro and Mvomero in 2016. It is a continuation of a research partnership with MVIWATA and SAT started in 2014, which has focused on seed, particularly the farmer-managed seed system, and soil fertility in the context of building agro-ecology as an alternative to the Green Revolution. The report shows that Farmer-managed seed systems (FMSS) are the bedrock of rural livelihoods and agricultural production in Tanzania, but support to such systems is not forthcoming from a policy environment dominated by a focus on certified/improved seeds and productivity. This has led to loss of agrobiodiversity and increased risk to livelihoods as families depend on fewer crop varieties than before, at the same time as climate conditions tend to change increasingly. Farmers participating in the report call for greater support from the government and donors for strengthetning FMSS in Tanzania.

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