{mini}Printable version

English · Español

11 April 2013 | | | | | |

Sowing Food Sovereignty

In The Lead-up to Uruguay’s Native Seed Festival

The “5th National Native Seed and Family Farming Festival: Building Food Sovereignty” will be held from next Friday through Sunday in Valle Eden, Tacuarembó, Uruguay. Nearly 200 family farmers from different parts of the country are expected to participate, plus around 1,000 people.

“The 6th National Meeting of Native Seed Producers” will be held in parallel to this festival. Both meetings are organized by the Uruguayan Network to Save and Value Native Seeds, REDES-Friends of the Earth Uruguay, Centro Agustín Ferreiro (training center for rural teachers), the National Commission of Rural Promotion and the School of Agronomy of the University of the Republic.

The Native Seed Festival is a space for family farmers to share with the general public and social organizations the importance of the country’s genetic resources for food sovereignty. The festival gathers several national and departmental groups, farmers and agroecology organizations, researchers and professors linked with saving native seeds, as well as social organizations concerned with the country’s genetic heritage, agroecology and family farming.

The Uruguayan Network to Save and Value Native Seeds is organized in 24 local groups in the departments of Artigas, Salto, Paysandú, Tacuarembó, Cerro Largo, Maldonado, Canelones, Lavalleja, Treinta y Tres, Montevideo, San José and Colonia. It has 160 family plots of land that are part of the collective system of in situ preservation.

On the latest edition of “Mil Voces”, Real World Radio’s show aired on Fridays, we interviewed the coordinator of the Network and member of REDES-Friends of the Earth Uruguay, Mariano Beltran. We spoke about the preparations for the festival and the political views underlying native seeds conservation, family farming and food sovereignty.

Photo: mariategui.blogspot.com

(CC) 2013 Real World Radio


Who are you?
Your post

This form accepts SPIP shortcuts [->url] {{bold}} {italic} <quote> <code> and the HTML code <q> <del> <ins>. To create paragraphs, simply leave blank lines.


Friend of the Earth

Real World Radio 2003 - 2018 | All the material published here is licensed under Creative Commons (Attribution Share Alike). The site is created with Spip, free software specialized in web publications. Done with love.