Zambia’s maize seed industry is currently one of the strongest and most competitive in Sub- Sahara Africa. The seed sector in Zambia is highly pluralistic and divided into the formal and informal sector. The informal sector is mainly comprised of farmer managed seed systems (FMSS) and some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that seek to promote the sector. In this system, farmers are free to share and exchange their seeds for both monetary and none monetary items such as food items or labor. Furthermore, the informal seed sector represents a rich cultural heritage of Africa’s local communities. However the push to transform the seed sector into income-generating commercialized entity owned by a few and to marginalize traditional seed varieties, is still making more headway on paper than in practice.
This study aims to analyze the political and socioeconomic dynamics of the seed sector in Zambia and to give an overview of the legal frameworks, key actors and policies in the sector. It unpacks the critical social, economic, and political issues that surround the seed sector in Zambia.
After publishing the original brochure in German last year (“Besser anders, anders besser! Mit Agrarökologie die Ernährungswende gestalten”), we received several requests to release it in English as well. So here it is!
Food and Agriculture could work differently, if they had Agroecology, shortened and innovative marketing circuits and participatory forms of shaping the food system as basic principles. The contributions in this publication show how farmers in the global South and North today enhance soil fertility, biodiversity and seed productivity, how local markets are strengthened, how social movements and food councils try to democratise food systems, and what ingredients transformation towards social justice and real sustainability needs. Various cases from Kenya, Burkina Faso, Vietnam, Nepal, Germany, France, Switzerland, Columbia and Brazil are discussed.
“Better and different!” is a joint publication by a number of German-based NGOs and Foundations: Brot für Welt, FIAN, Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, INKOTA, MISEREOR, Oxfam and Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.