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uruguay: local seed recovery as the basis of food sovereignty

Since 2004, REDES/Friends of the Earth Uruguay, the Association of Organic Producers of Uruguay, and the South Regional Center of the School of Agronomy of the University of the Republic have been carrying out a program of "Recovery and Revaluation of Creole Seed Varieties and Food Sovereignty".

 

This project recovers local vegetable seeds and other crops that are threatened with disappearance. These local seeds are valauable to farmers due to their agronomic characteristics and their status as the collective heritage of growers. They also offer an alternative to the commercial seed system, and in particular the promotion of GM crops, and advance the struggle for food sovereingnty in the country.

More than 60 seed species are currently being cultivated through this project, including three varieties of onion, four varieties of garlic, two of potato, ten of sweet potato, one of carrot , two of wheat, five of corn, ten of tomato, one of pepper, ten of beans, and one of sunflower.

The project also includes a decentralized seeds nursery called the "Creole Seeds Network", run by farmers on their own farms in different parts of the country.

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