The Seed Sovereignty Programme

January 2021

Film and photo story from Wales

Katie Hastings, Wales co-ordinator for the Seed Sovereignty programme, has drawn our attention to these

I’m delighted to share with you the release of our short film: Llafur Ni

This is a really beautiful film telling the story of Owen, Iwan and Gerald, and their connection through the Ceirch Du Bach Black Oat.

I strongly encourage you to share it as part of #seedweek and spread the message of the need to preserve grain diversity.

There is also a beautiful photo story here:

Diolch yn fawr iwan to Owen, Iwan and Gerald for sharing their words and songs.

Thank you all for being part of this amazing network to preserve Welsh heritage and genetic diversity. x

Katie Hastings
Gaia Foundation
Wales Coordinator – UK and Ireland Seed Sovereignty Programme


Seed Sovereignty Programme - background

The Seed Sovereignty Programme is an ambitious 3-year venture to develop a resilient, agroecological seed system across the UK and Ireland. The Gaia Foundation is working closely with actors across the existing seed movement - including the Soil Associationthe Organic Research Centrethe Irish Seed Savers Associationthe Seed Cooperative and the Landworkers Alliance - and supporting new and emerging projects across the diverse landscapes of the British Isles. This is the first large-scale collaborative effort of its kind in the UK and Ireland. 

With genetic and agro-biodiversity as its central focus, the programme is underpinned by the principles of seed and food sovereignty - the right to locally adapted seed, available to all.  The programme will support the broad range of agro-ecological farming operations that exist, incorporating all seed grown within these systems. It will encourage skill sharing, networking and collaboration across the UK seed movement, creating a more cohesive and connected counter force to the pressures of industrial agriculture, and the uncertainty ahead as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.  

Read more on     Background and Canadian origins

                         Development in the UK and Ireland 

Seed Sovereignty




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