Seed fest 2017 English Brochure

Malayalam Brochure



Wayanad community Seed Festival is a humble attempt to create a common platform to facilitate exchange of seeds, traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge between the farming and scientific community to ensure agrobiodiversity conservation activities. Seed Fest, an endevour started in Wayanad under the aegis of MSSRF in 2015, aims to network with farmers, LSGs and scientists to create democratic spaces and structures to conserve agrobiodiversity. Traditional seed varieties are exhibited, exchanged, and propagated through seed fest, and policy makers are oriented on the current status, trends and information on seed conservation efforts of local community. The annual seed festival is also the venue to distribute the regional Genome Savior Awards instituted by Adivasivikasana Samithi to honour the custodian farmers.

Winners of Community Agrobiodiversity Award 2015



Winners of Community Agrobiodiversity Award 2016



Water Colour Completion-Winners

M S Swaminathan Research Foundation and Nation Green Crops(Wayanad ) Jointly organized water colour painting competition for upper and high school sections students in Wayanad. The event was organized as a part of SEED Fest 2017. Focal Theme was based on Paddy/Rice cultivation, 38 students from 10 schools took part in the event. The first price was bagged by Bhavana M S GVHSS ,Kakavayal in High school section, Sanjana Anand of GHSS Kakavayal in upper class section. The Second price was received by Melvin SK GHSS Meppadi(High school),Rinsha Fathima-GUPS Cottanad,Abin Thankachan,GHSS Kakavayal(UP section). Melvin SK CMHSS,Arapetta,Diya KS, GHSS Kakavayal got the third price (High School) and Joel Sunny,GHSS Meenagadi,Midhun Krishna GHSS Kakavayal in UP section competitions. The students will be given certificates during the SEED Fest 2017 at MSSRF Campus ,Puthoorvayalt

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Wayanad-A hotspot of Traditional Seed

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Wayanad district is a priority geographic location in the global biodiversity hotspot Western Ghats region of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve that demands concerted action in the area of sustainable seed management. The tradition of agriculture in the region have records of cultivation and consumption of more than 6 categories of



Panchayath Level Seminars

Panchayath level seminars to discuss possibilities of Community Seed Banks at Panchayath level to conserve agro biodiversity on farm This will spread the message of Seed festival in Malabar region and also feed in to the academic discussions associated with the fest

Community Agrobiodiversity Conservation Award

Wayanad Adivasi Vikasana Samithy, a Grass Root Institution (GRI) in Wayanad nurtured by M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) which won the Genome Saviour Award in the year 2012 on behalf of Kurichya and Kuruma farm¬ers, has instituted two cash awards from 2015 to rec¬ognize Adivasi families belonging to ‘Malabar region’ which conserve the maximum number of native rice varieties (Rs.25,000) and maximum plant and animal breeds on farm(Rs.15,000). The awards will be distributed during seed fest.

Agro Biodiversity Exhibition and Seed Exchange

A three day agro biodiversity exhibition is arranged at Community Agro-biodiversity Centre of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation at Puthoorvayal near Kalpetta where 35 stalls for exhibiting traditional seed diversity will be arranged. Farmers from all Panchayaths of Wayanad and from four districts of Malabar and two districts of Tamilnadu will be participating, and exchanging seed materials. 3000 visitors including farmers, scientists, students and general public are expected in the three days long exhibition.

Academic Seminars

The three days national seminar on ‘The Relevance of Decentralized Community Seed Banks in the Context of Climate Change’ will discuss the status of rice, legume and vegetable seed diversity in South India, structure and status of traditional seed management systems, the possibilities of Community seed banks under BMCs in the purview of Indian Biological diversity act 2012. The first day will concentrate on rice and other cereals, second day vegetables, and the third day, legumes. Each seminar will have one keynote speaker and four presentations by three scientists and one farmer. The afternoon session will be organized as more closed discussions on the processes towards decentralized democratic seed banks. The output of this exercise will be a policy document on the role of LSGs in conserving agro-biodiversity through Community Seed banks.

Farmer Buyer Meet

Farmer buyer meet is a platform created as part of Seed Festival to link the traditional farmers with potential buyers and dealers of native agricultural products. It will be an open forum for three days where the buyers can come and meet the farmers and familiarize with their agri products.

Cultural Programmers

The cultural part of community seed festival will consist of a photo exhibition on ‘Culture of Agro-biodiversity Conservation’ on all three days and two cultural evenings with traditional art forms of Wayanad and Malabar region.
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