Research report on climate resilient local seed businesses
Given the challenges agriculture faces as a result of climate change, building resilience is a priority. Crop adaptation has been suggested by a number of studies as an effective strategy for adapting to climate change. Crop adaptation requires farmers to make decisions on which crops to grow that are suited to their environments. Seed systems play a crucial role as a basis for crop selection, and subsequently adaptation to climate change. This study used participatory research approaches to assess the extent of climate variability as perceived by communities, its effect on crop and seed systems and identification of varieties that hold potential as climate resilient varieties for integration into local seed business. The participating groups of farmers ranged from 24 to 48 members.