PRODUCE YOUR OWN SEEDS
Seed is the very basis of life, of food, of agriculture. Yet so rapidly, farmers, who have been seed breeders’ throughout history have been pushed out of plant breeding.
They are now treated as consumers of non-renewable, patented seed sold by industry, which is increasingly monopolizing the seed supply.
The industry breeds for uniformity, both because they want to sell the same seed in different ecosystems, but also because the seed industry is the chemical industry, and chemicals need monocultures.
And uniformity is treated as the basis of science and law, even though the law of the seed is biodiversity, and farmers have bred diversity.
The exclusion of farmers from the choice of seeds has left everyone poorer: the farmers themselves, the research and knowledge systems, our food systems and the rich biodiversity of the earth.
Dr Salvatore Ceccarelli’s Produce Your Own Seed, addresses all aspects of the global seed crisis.
By demystifying the science of breeding, he empowers farmers and gardeners to make their own seed.
By contributing to participatory and evolutionary breeding, he is showing us the way to evolve climate resilience and adaptation.
This manual should be in the hands of every farmer so they can reclaim their seed freedom. It should be in hand of every child so that the future generations have a better understanding of seed, the first link in the food chain.
Salvatore CECCARELLI He has been an Associate Professor in Plant Genetic Resources and Full Professor in Agricultural Genetics at the Institute of Plant Breeding, University of Perugia, Italy. In 1980 he joined ICARDA as a forage breeder and in 1984 as a barley breeder. Dr. S. Ceccarelli worked in plant breeding for more than 30 years of which the last 24 in international breeding. He developed a methodological package including more sophisticated experimental designs, the use of new plot techniques, and the use of neglected types of germplasm, such as landraces and wild relatives, and suitable breeding methods in a number of breeding programs for difficult environments in developing countries. Since 1996 he has developed decentralized participatory breeding programs in Syria, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Jordan, Yemen, Iran, Uganda, Kenia, Egypt and Italy in a number of crops. He is author or co-author of about 260 papers, has supervised about 30 PhD and MSc students and has been an invited speaker in about 20 International Conferences or Workshops.