Third World actions



Association Kokopelli endeavors to help Third World countries to develop sustainable organic agriculture through the gift of seeds and the setting of seed grower networks.

Seeds without frontiers

Since November 2000, we have offered 150,000 packets of vegetable seeds in a number of Third world countries namely in Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal...), in Africa ( Niger, Togo, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Benin, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria....), in Latin America (Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia ....), in Eastern Europe (Bosnia, Bulgaria....). All of these seeds have been produced by Kokopelli's seed grower nertwork

Another similar dynamic of the gift of seed was put in place as a direct result of the involvement of the members of the Association. We have, since 1999, received a lot of seed produced in the family gardens of the members of Kokopelli. These seeds have in the main been given away in Senegal, Morocco, Afghanistan and Brazil.

We invite all the members of the Association, and their friends, to take part in our campaign of "Seeds without Frontiers" and to harvest, in their family gardens, the seeds to help the Third World.

Alimentary security in the Third World is secured by the development of the family garden and no garden is possible without seeds. The peasant men and women of the Third World do not have access to the beautiful seeds of life: in certain countries of West Africa, such as Burkina Faso and Senegal, nearly all the vegetable seeds come from France, and furthermore they are F1 hybrids, thus removing the ability to keep their own seed. We are launching an appeal to all those of good will to produce seed in their family gardens for the benefit of the poor countries of Africa and other continents.

These seeds should of course be as pure as possible and so those members who want to participate in this scheme of "Seeds without Frontiers " should consult Dominique’s work " The Seeds of Kokopelli " for all the technical information as to distances between varieties, and other means of isolating varieties, in order to avoid cross-fertilisations. The development of the family garden, and seed autonomy, is one of the fundamental pre-requisites of the revolution to come: the best way to fight the multinationals is to by-pass them!

The Creation of a Centre for Genetic Resources
at Auroville in Southern India

During the summer of 2000 Association Kokopelli created a new branch in Southern India at Auroville near to Pondicherrry. We have been asked many questions as to the choice of this region and the implications for Association Kokopelli in this Auroville project. For years we have wanted to create a firm base in Asia. In Spring 2000 on the way back from a project in Sri Lanka Dominique made a detour via Auroville where he met up with several people of the town who wished, together with Association Kokopelli, to develop a project for genetic resources: Stephan and Poonam who were involved in the creation of a seed bank, Bernard and Deepika who had created the organic agriculture movement, " Arise ", in India, Isha who was working on the development of organic agriculture in Auroville, etc. From these meetings was born " Annadana " (meaning in Sanskrit the gift of food) an organisation for the production and exchange of seeds for the benefit of India and Southern Asia.

Very quickly we put in place gardens for the production of seed allowing us to study the ability of hundreds of different vegetable varieties to adapt to the climatic conditions of Southern India, and to produce seed locally for distribution in partnership with various NGO’s in partnership with Annadana. For a year and a half, this operation has been carried out thanks to the support of our members: one third of the money of the membership subscriptions has been devoted to this project.

In March 2002 we organised a workshop (funded by one of our members who lives on the island of Ibiza) lasting three days on the theme of creating a living seed bank bringing together some sixty delegates from NGO’s from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

As a result of this workshop, Annadana is in the process of putting in place a structure of cooperation with various NGO’s in India who are heavily committed in the development of sustainable agriculture and biodiversity. Courses of instruction are being set up in the gardens of Annadana and in the various regions of India covered by the NGO’s.

Thanks to a grant from the "Fondation pour une Terre Humaine", we are in the process of creating a Centre for Genetic Resources on the site of the future Botanical Garden of Auroville. We then hope to duplicate this very simple idea in other countries of the Third World where such centres can easily be managed by NGO’s and the local population.

Essentially the centre consists of a small building for the storage and packaging of the seeds surrounded by several hectares of seed production gardens, the only technology required being the provision of small net covered tunnels to prevent natural hybridisation between varieties. The first module will be completed in Auroville by the spring of 2003.
Furthermore, Annadana has put in place a course on tropical agro-ecology concentrating on the production of seed and the protection of genetic resources.
The first 6-month course began on September 1st 2002 with a multi-disciplinary team in place. Apart from the genetic resources, numerous other subjects are taught and put into practice during the course: reforestation, water conservation, agriculture in drought conditions, sustainable agricultural practices (biodynamics, compost production, efficient use of micro organisms) and use of medicinal plants.

Kokopelli in Africa

Since the spring of 2000 Association Kokopelli has been involved in a number of seed projects in various countries of Africa, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Niger and Morocco.

In Senegal two courses in seed production have enabled the formation of a peasant resource for the production of seed. In Senegal we are hoping, in partnership with Enda-Pronat, directed by Mariam Sow, to create a Centre of Genetic Resources in the north of the country, close to the river Senegal. To this end we are seeking the support of various Foundations.

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