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NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM IIED: Issue 38 - September 2006
Document begins: NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM IIED: Issue 38 September 2006 Welcome to IIED's monthly e-bulletin announcing the latest publications from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), an independent, non-profit research institute working in the field of sustainable development. http://www.iied.org AGRICULTURE Seed Diversity in the Drylands: Women and farming in South India Gatekeeper 126 Carine Pionetti Seeds are central to farming and food production. In the dryland farming systems of South India's Deccan Plateau, women's roles in maintaining seed and crop diversity enable rural families to cope with the region's many environmental demands. Here seeds and their management form an economy all of their own, whereby self-reliance in seed, crop diversity and nutrition are closely intertwined. But increasingly, seeds are becoming the `property' of the private sector and big business. This undermines the scope for farmers to save their own seed through a mix of technological, legal and economic strategies. This has serious implications for women as autonomous seed producers. The author argues that a radical re-orientation of public policies is needed to support autonomous seed production for poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation. IIED, ISSN 1357 9258, Pb, 24pp To request a free hard copy or subscription email: firstname.lastname@example.org ...