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Transferring Traditional Knowledge by Supporting Women to Build Heirloom Seed Businesses in Karnataka, India

Organization Women's Earth Alliance
Realm Indomalaya

The Project Marketplace is organized by the major terrestrial realms divided into 14 biogeographical regions – N. America, Subarctic America, C. America, S. America, Afrotropics, Indomalaya, Australasia, Oceania, Antarctica, and the Palearctic realm, which coincides with Eurasia and is divided into Subarctic, Western, Central, Eastern, and Southern regions.

Project Type Regenerative Agriculture

There are five main project categories: Energy Transition focuses on renewable energy access and energy efficiency. Nature Conservation includes wildlife habitat protection and ecosystem restoration, as well as indigenous land rights. Regenerative Agriculture supports farmers, ranchers and community agriculture. Climate Change covers global science efforts, climate adaptation, and social justice work.

Status Open

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Funding Level $

A single $ indicates a small project requiring $50,000 or less.

Timeframe 1 Year

In India, WEA is helping to organize and build the capacity of rural women leaders and small-scale forest home gardeners in the state of Karnataka, to preserve traditional knowledge, promote indigenous seed saving practices, support climate adaptation and mitigation, and further the rights of women farmers. The goal of this joint initiative with a local organization, Vanastree, is to ensure seed and food sovereignty and the transfer of traditional knowledge by supporting women to build and scale seed businesses, lead trainings to increase farm biodiversity and productivity, participate in demonstrations and exchanges, and build networks in their communities and beyond.

Karnataka is located in the Western Ghats, which is recognized as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots and is largely unprotected. With the intensification of chemical agriculture, and a changing and unpredictable climate rendering the monsoons unreliable, animal and plant species that have sustained people through thousands of years of floods and droughts are in jeopardy of extinction, and communities are increasingly vulnerable to hunger and poverty. This project emphasizes working with local women and villages in the Western Ghats to push for a return to the long-standing tradition of biodiversity-friendly agriculture. This includes maintaining indigenous seed stocks and food forests, practices that currently face great threats. 

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