Our member from the Western Ghats - Fair trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK), a small farmer collective of around 5000 farming families, in the Malabar region of Kerala organised a native seed fest in the Kelakam town of the Kannur district of Kerala from the January 16 to 20. In to its 9th edition, FTAK’s Seed Festival has grown into the most significant conservation the event in the agrarian calendar of Kerala.
The theme of SeedFest 2020 was a repetition: Seeds of Survival. The SeedFest saw the involvement of over 5000 farming families who were all a part of the largest in situ indigenous seed preservation effort in the Western Ghats of India. The Seed fest carried across various messages from the farmer’s end, such as trade justice, farmers' right over seeds and the need for protection and preservation of indigenous varieties of seeds to the farming hinterlands of the Western Ghats. The seed festival focused on displaying, exchanging and preserving all sorts of seeds, planting material, indigenous livestock, medicinal plants, indigenous and wild trees etc. It also served as a platform for bartering native seeds and plant cuttings.