All over the world, farmers’ movements are springing up and organising themselves in opposition to agribusiness and GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

Another model is possible’, they say.

The symbol of this struggle is farmer seeds, non-GMO seeds that are free of property rights. They have been exchanged and developed for thousands of years, and are the true guardians of biodiversity for the whole of humanity.

FRANCE / ITALY / SENEGAL / ETHIOPIE / IRAN / INDONESIE

Agriculture significantly impacts the climate crisis: nearly a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to the food production and distribution system. At the same time, too many people still suffer from hunger every day-over 800 million. And even more are in a state of food insecurity. This means that every day, one in seven people on this planet goes to sleep on an empty stomach. Horrific numbers.

Identifying the causes of hunger is not easy. There is a history of intertwined and overlapping causes that emerged especially during the 20th century. Western colonialism has left deep marks on many countries that today face poor food security: intensive exploitation of natural resources; unjust land reforms and the theft of lands from farmers and indigenous communities; the cultivation of crops interesting for rich markets but not for the nutrition of local populations. Hunger, therefore, is the complicated result of a series of factors that have acted and continue to act on an international scale, benefiting a few and harming many.

Today we face an additional challenge: we must produce enough food to feed a growing population, we must do so while respecting local choices and cultures, and through environmentally sustainable strategies.

The solution is neither simple nor unique.

For us journalists at FACTA, the challenge is to navigate and tell stories that embrace this complexity. To do it, starting from the land, the experiences, the farming communities, and the seeds that are the most precious currency of the agricultural world. And giving a voice to all those researchers, innovators, farmers, activists, and politicians who have chosen a path that doesn’t indulge in a nostalgic view of the past nor is guided by a technosolutionist approach.

The projects Seedversity and Seedcontrol, the documentary Cereals, renaissance in the field, and the book Semi ritrovati are born from the data, journeys, stories, and experiences gathered over more than 10 years of fieldwork.

A journey that has a central character as our guiding champion, the Russian geneticist Nikolai Vavilov.

À LA RECHERCHE DES SEMENCES PERDUES

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SEED CONTROL

SEMILLAS RECUPERADAS

CEREAL RENAISSANCE IN THE FIELD

SEMI RITROVATI