The project is called LinKS, because it is exploring the linkages between the crucial issues of local knowledge systems, gender roles and relationships, food provision, and the conservation and management of agrobiodiversity.
The project seeks to help development practitioners recognize that farmers have knowledge, practices and skills that are often highly sustainable and respectful of the natural ecosystems they depend on for their food and livelihoods. However it is important to understand in this context, that rural men and women have different knowledge about how to use and manage genetic resources that is derived from their different roles and responsibilities in the farming system. It is estimated, that up to 90% of the planting material used by poor farmers is derived from seeds and germplasm that they have produced, selected and saved themselves. This means that small farmers play a crucial role in the preservation and management of genetic resources and biodiversity.
On the website a very intersting study is available: Community Diversity Seed Fairs in Tanzania - Guidelines for seed fairs