Strengthening farmers' seed systems in China

Dr. Yiching Song, Senior Researcher at the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dr. Ronnie Vernooy, Senior Scientist at Bioversity International, visited Aohan, Inner Mongolia, with their team to investigate the use of traditional farmer crop varieties.

Bioversity International and the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, are working together to strengthen farmers’ seed systems in China. Activities include research on the conservation and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity, the establishment of community seedbanks and community seed enterprises, participatory crop improvement and policy review and advocacy. One of the areas where they work together is Aohan in Inner Mongolia, the birthplace of foxtail millet.This report is reproduced from an article published by the Aohan Government Network on 28 September 2018, edited by Wang Yanchao, and translated by Tian Milin, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Yiching Song, Senior Researcher at the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dr. Ronnie Vernooy, Senior Scientist at Bioversity International, visited Aohan, Inner Mongolia, with their team, to investigate the use of traditional farmer crop varieties. They also participated in the first Chinese Farmers Harvest Festival in Aohan, Inner Mongolia.