Seeds of justice: In the hands of farmers
This movie from the Gaia Foundation narrates the story of Ethiopian plant geneticist Dr Melaku Worede and his lifelong commitment for the acknowledgement of traditional farmers’ knowledge and his commitment to secure Ethiopia’s crop diversity. The movie tries to underscore the importance of the knowledge of farmers. It questions the assumptions of agro-industry, in which scientists hold the answers to ending hunger in stead of farmers. Dr. Melaku Worede also stressed the importance of the control over seeds and he had successes in pioneering local seed banks and participatory plant breeding. The short movie shows how science and farmers’ knowledge can reinforce each other.