Community seed network in an era of climate change

Local seed systems remain the fundamental source of seeds for many crops in developing countries. This article analyzes the dynamics of maize diversity over 3 years in a farming community of Yucatán state, Mexico, where elevated levels of precipitation forced farmers in 2012 to reduce maize diversity in their plots. We found that, under these challenging circumstances, farmers focused their efforts on their most reliable landraces, disregarding hybrids. … Continue readingCommunity seed network in an era of climate change

Holistic pedagogies for social change

The Bay Area Farmer Training (BAFT) trained aspiring urban farming practitioners in agroecology, using a pedagogy rooted in humanistic values, social justice, popular education, liberatory experiences, and decolonial and feminist frameworks. This chapter outlines the contra-hegemonic and participatory pedagogical philosophies and practices implemented within the program while providing examples of how the curriculum manifested in praxis. … Continue readingHolistic pedagogies for social change

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