Bharat Bhandari/LI-BIRD

Seeds of Survival (SoS)

SoS is a USC Canada supported project which LI-BIRD has started implementing in Nepal through local partner organizations since 2015. It is one of the core programs of USC Canada and expanding in Africa, Latin America and South East Asia in partnerships with local organizations and farming communities. It aims to ensure a secure source of food and livelihood for small-scale farmers without losing the crop genetic resource essential for sustaining it. The key assumption of Seeds of Survival includes:

  • Farmers as local experts are knowledgeable producers and local innovators to adapt farming systems as per the local need and play role in enhancing productivity as agricultural scientists.
  • Traditional local crop varieties are affordable, often nutritionally superior, and better adapted to challenging growing conditions than varieties not native to a region.
  • Conservation through use and plant selection is vital to protecting seed security and diversity and the survival of our planet’s biodiversity.
  • Women and young people play a critical role in farming, and their contribution must be valued both as farmers and leaders to achieve sustainable and vibrant rural economies.

SoS program stresses the importance of building upon farmer’s local knowledge and practices in a way to maximizing the use  of available local resources.  It emphasizes to build on a solid base of knowledge and expertise about agroecology and its application in various cultural and ecological contexts, including harsh and remote landscapes. One of the key components of the program is fostering collaborative relationships between farmers, scientists, governments and local NGOs.

Nepal SoS program is being implemented in Humla, Banke, Makawanpur and Kaski districts through selected local partners namely Self Help Initiatives Promotion Center (SHIP) Nepal, Dalit Welfare Organization (DWO) Banke, PARIVARTAN Nepal and Machhapuchhre Development Organization (MDO) Kaski respectively. Each implementing partner has their own community based project to address the local needs through adoption of agro ecological farming approach which enhances seed security, promote crop diversity, spreads proven climate resilient farming practices and empowers smallholder farming communities towards sustainable economic growth in selected program communities. The overall goal of Nepal SoS program is to improve food, nutritional and seed security, spread proven climate resilient farming practices and promote sustainable economic growth to support livelihoods of smallholder farming communities. It has a target to reach out more than 2100 farm families in four program districts. LI-BIRD is responsible for overall management of the Nepal SoS program with the support of USC Canada based Nepal program manager and local partners.

Project Details
Countries: Nepal
Working districts: Humla, Banke, Makwanpur, Kaski
Project Duration: 2015 - 2019
Partners: Dalit Welfare Organization (DWO) Banke, Machhapuchhre Development Organization (MDO) Kaski, PARIVARTAN Nepal, Self Help Initiatives Promotion Center (SHIP) Nepal
Funded by: USC Canada
Contact Person: Bharat Bhandari