News From the Field: 2018 Year in Review
Building Food Sovereignty Across the Philippines 

As 2018 comes to a close we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all we have acomplished this year. While the challenges our partner farmers face are ever present. The dramatic impacts of climate change, the increase of corporate control of our food systems, and political instability, to name a few. We continue to be inspired by their endless commitment and resiliency to build food sovereignty with each seed they plant, save, and sow season after season. 
Why Food Sovereignty? 

Coined by La Via Campesina in 1996, food sovereignty is defined as: 

" The right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems." 

If food security is about the consumer, food sovereignty puts the focus on the importance of the producers and insists on their democratic rights in decision making. Small-holder farmers produce 70% of the food consumed worldwide on only 25% of the arable land. Food sovereignty also recognizes food as a right and a public good, not as a commodity, and food production is about relationships between community and with nature, not trade and commerce. 

As the year draws to a close join us in celebrating and thanking the 100s of dedicated farmers we had the honor to work with, learn from, and support in 2018. They are the true heroes of this world and they are who we will continue to work for in the coming years!

2018 Major Highlights 

- Held 4 Seed Schools, training over 300 farmers throughout the Philippines. 

- Celebrated one year anniversary of our founding Seed Library in Tublay. 

- Assisted in launching our 2nd Seed Library in Cebu City with partners at Cebu Farmers Market.

- Expanded programs to Southern Philippines. Launching programming in Cebu in collaboration with Cebu Farmers Market at CAFE-I.  

- Expanded membership of the Benguet Association of Seed Savers (BASS) to 20 active participants. 

- BASS Farmers had instant access to quality locally produced seeds in our Seed Library post Typhoon Mangkhut. 

- 4 BASS Farmers attended and graduated from the Philippines Permaculture Association Basic and Advanced Design Courses. 

- Seed School was included in Philippines Permaculture Association Advanced Design Course Curriculum. Led by two BASS Farmer Technical Trainers. 

Thank you for helping make all of this possible and supporting our partner farmers continued food sovereignty.  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us at Global Seed Savers!! 
Support Our Year End Campaign
Donate Till December 31st 

Thanks to many of you we have raised over $1,000 to support our year end campaign to create and distribute Seed Library Kits to new partner communities.  Help us reach our $2,000 goal by the end of the year and ensure more communities have access to a wide diversity of locally produced, non-treated, non-GMO seeds. 

Each Seed Library Kit will contain the basics needed for a community to start a seed library. Including: seeds, educational materials, growing and storage guides, best practices for seed library operations, and more.  Help us build more seed libraries in the coming year and ensure food sovereignty  for more Filipino Farmers. 

Up-Coming Events in 2019

Mountain West Seed Summit:  "Reunion of the Radicles" 
February 22nd-23rd in  Santa Fe, New Mexico 

We are excited to attend and lead a workshop at the 2nd Mountain West Seed Summit February 22nd-23rd in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Join the growing seed community in the Mountain West for this inspiring 2 day event hosted by our partners at the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance

Learn more and register here

Posner Center Symposium: Lessons in Collaboration
February 21st-22nd in  Denver, Colorado

The Posner Center Symposium is a gathering of Colorado-based leaders who are committed to improving global development work through collaboration. We will convene organizational leaders and experts, local and global stakeholders, and partners and supporters, to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned to improve global development work and contribute to the evidence base on best practices in collaborative development. The event will begin with an evening reception Thursday, February 21, 2019, followed by a full-day Symposium on Friday, February 22. 

Learn more and register here

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