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Grants Awarded | Regional

Barcelona, Spain

GRAIN is a small, international organization that works to support small farmers and social movements in their efforts to maintain community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems, primarily in Africa, Asia and Latin America. GRAIN’s work dates back to the early 1980’s when there was a growing concern about the dramatic loss of genetic diversity in agriculture, which GRAIN believed to be the cornerstone to sustainable food and farming systems. GRAIN was formally established in 1990 and its work encompasses independent research and analysis; networking at local, regional and international levels; and fostering new forms of cooperation and alliance-building.

20157,5006 months
This grant enables GRAIN to print and distribute a French and Portuguese copies of a publication called «Seed laws that criminalise farmers: resistance and fightback» (http://www.grain.org/e/5142). The publication raises awareness among small food producers, particularly women in Africa, on how seed laws are established and their impact on rural commumities.
2010$8,0006 months
With this grant GRAIN builds on the success of their bilingual website, www.farmlandgrab.org, by further improving the site and enabling wide-spread use of its resources among rural organizations in French-speaking Africa. Specifically, the grant supports GRAIN to coordinate two strategy building workshops in the region as well as to develop and translate new material for the website.
2009$16,3341 year
This grant enables GRAIN to produce a fully functional French version of
www.farmlandgrab.org, which contains more useful and relevant materials for farmer and civil society organizations in French-speaking Africa. GRAIN will work with groups in French-speaking Africa and in Europe to promote more active participation on the site.

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