Peasant seeds, the foundation of food sovereignty in Africa
Nyéléni, a legendary Malian peasant who excelled in cultivating the land, gave her name to a global forum on food sovereignty organised in Sélingué, Mali, in February 2007. The Coordination Nationale des Organisations Paysannes du Mali (CNOP) organised a preparatory workshop in Bamako on the privatisation of seeds in West Africa. This workshop, organised together with the European organisations BEDE and IIED, provided an opportunity for an unprecedented exchange of experiences in the region among peasant-farmers from four continents. This report illustrates and justifies the international workshop's final declaration on the privatisation of seeds, by summing up the main points made by the participants. Designed as a presentation tool for the widespread circulation of the information and discussions, it summarises the main themes covered. It also includes a CD containing audio recordings of the talks, presentations of the slideshows and video sequences. In-depth documents have been archived which contain the details of the exchanges at the workshop.
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