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Grants Awarded | Casamance

Association Sénégalaise de Producteurs de Semences Paysannes (ASPSP)
Thies, Senegal

In 2003, leaders of farmers’ organizations in Senegal decided to create an organization that would contribute to seed autonomy by safeguarding local traditional varieties. Their initial hypothesis was that technologically improved seeds are not better, and that patented GMOs are only an extension of hybrid varieties, which cannot be sowed again, thus keeping farmers in a perennial cycle of purchasing seed. The Senegalese Association of Peasant Seed Producers (ASPSP) currently includes 15 farmer organizations that in turn have some 63,000 member farmers, the majority of whom are women. Its main activities are to collect and track local seed varieties, create seed production gardens, train women in the creation of traditional grain banks and most importantly, to hold an annual Senegalese seed fair at which farmers exchange and borrow seeds. It also holds a regional farm seed fair every two years, which is attended by farmers from Senegal, Mali, Benin, Togo, Niger, the Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and France.

2014$10,4066 months
This grant supports the fourth regional Peasant Farmers Seed Fair.
2014$8,0526 months
This grant supports ASPSP during the planning phase of the fourth regional Peasant Farmers Seed Fair.
2013$63,3002 years
This grant enables ASPSP to promote seed autonomy, agroecology and compost production among nine rural women’s organizations.
2012$9,5706 months
With this grant, ASPSP trains two farming unions in seed conservation for rice cultivation.
2011$1,8736 months
This grant enables two representatives to participate in a financial management training in Dakar, Senegal.
2010$41,3972 years
With this grant, ASPSP aims to promote and disseminate agro-ecological practices among rural women in Casamance. Through training, it will enable six women’s groups in the Kolda and Sédhiou regions to become key actors in creating a register to record traditional local seed varieties and a plan to reconstitute endangered ones. It will support AJAC and CASADES to introduce agro-ecological practices to 20 women’s groups and work with DIRFEL-Kolda to teach 30 of its members how to combine agricultural cultivation with their animal breeding activities.
2010$6,2226 months
This grant enables 23 rural women from ASPSP to participate in the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal in February 2011. The women are organizing and participating in activities aimed at raising awareness of their organization’s activities and the realities of their situation in Casamance.
2009$11,8981 year
This grant enables ASPSP to support the creation of an agro-ecological garden by a rural women’s group in Kolda district, and to train 15 women leaders from rural women’s associations in Casamance. They in turn will train other rural women’s groups in agro-ecology, seed autonomy through self-production and local seed exchange. The grant supports ASPSP management to conduct an organizational review to determine future needs and strategic direction.

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