A seed blessing ceremony is an important part of seed festival celebrations.

Farmers' exchanges and seed festivals

Through farmers' exchanges and seed rituals farmers practicing agroecology celebrate and promote a different model of agriculture - one that supports real food security, is resilient in the face of climate change, affirms traditional practices, and where seed remains in the hands of the farmers.

Farmers' exchanges are important sites of exchange between farmers on agroecological, low-input agriculture, for affirming traditional practice, and for sharing experiences with other farmers who are finding ways to conserve and use their agricultural biodiversity.

Seed festivals, with their seed displays and exhibitions of traditional food dishes, are sacred events which celebrate the diversity of seed held by the community. This diversity supports community autonomy and household food security.

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29 Aug 2014 Report: Seed Blessing Ceremony, ZRWEO [PDF]