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Thanks for visiting our blog. Our blog is a companion website to our online seedmap.org portal. Complete with the latest news, useful resources, and information on current campaigns, this site is part of a thriving global community promoting food justice.

The Seed Map Project

USC Canada embarked on this Seed Map adventures more than 20 years ago. A desire to understand where agricultural biodiversity originated, is threatened, and where people are working to safeguard it evolved from a teaching kit for elementary schools (1992) to a collaboration between Interactive Seed Map PictureUSC Canada and ETC Group to create the hard copy wall-sized Seed Map. The Seed Map: Food, Farmers and Climate Chaos, chronicled the planet’s plant genetic wealth, how it is threatened, what are the solutions – all laid out in a physical map. It was a runaway success. More than 15,000 copies have travelled the world, in 7 languages.

In 2013, we not only updated our printed Seed Map, but launched an all new Seedmap.org, an online portal on seeds, biodiversity and food. Learn more here. Check out our online interactive map our downloadable printed maps.

The OxfamNovib-Hivos joint Knowledge Programme on Agricultural Biodiversity –  agrobiodiversity @knowledged has recently joint the Seedmap project team. This new partnership aims to further increase the interactivity of our online portal to create a Wikiseedia for the agricultural biodiversity community.

About USC CanadaUSC-Canada

USC Canada promotes vibrant family farms, strong rural communities, and healthy ecosystems around the world. With engaged Canadians and partners in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, we support programs, training, and policies that strengthen biodiversity, food sovereignty, and the rights of those at the heart of resilient food systems – women, indigenous peoples, and small-scale farmers. USC Canada was founded by Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova in 1945 as the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada. See www.usc-canada.org for more information, including on USC’s flagship Seeds of Survival program.

About ETC Group

…or Action Group on Erosion, Technology and ConcentrationETC-Group

ETC Group is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights. To this end, ETC Group supports socially responsible developments of technologies useful to the poor and marginalized and it addresses international governance issues and corporate power.

ETC Group’s strength is in the research and analysis of technological information (particularly but not exclusively plant genetic resources, biotechnologies, and [in general] biological diversity), and in the development of strategic options related to the socioeconomic ramifications of new technologies. See www.etcgroup.org for more information.

About Agrobiodiversity @knowledged


Hivos_people_unlimited_LOGOHivos and Oxfam Novib’s Agrobiodiversity@knowledged is a three-year joint program seeking to promote the sharing of knowledge about agricultural biodiversity generated by community organizations and farmers worldwide through research publications, forums and platforms such as Seedmap.org. The Knowledge Programme “aims to synthesize knowledge from a local to a global scale, conduct research on approaches and analytical frameworks that provide new perspectives on agricultural biodiversity and its role in resilient socio-ecological food systems, and improve horizontal and vertical knowledge flows towards positive change and transformation.”oxfam-novib_LOGO

With headquarters in The Netherlands, Hivos works in 26 countries with 713 partners on policy work and community actions on rights and citizenship, rural entrepreneurship, communication media and environmental protection.

Oxfam Novib takes a “rights-based” approach in its programs and is affiliated with the international Oxfam confederation linked to partners in 94 countries.


Seedmap.org gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Partnership Division; and the OxfamNovib-Hivos Knowledge Programme on Agricultural Biodiversity (Biodiversity @cknowledged).

The Seedmap Team would like to extend its appreciation to all the USC Canada staff as well as the following consultants, volunteers and collaborators for their assistance with the Seed Map Project:

Hope Shand, Beatriz Oliver; Brandon Johnson and Spaderwerk Consulting; Pattie LaCroix and Catapult Media; Julia Laforge, Sarah Mohan, Kelsey Robertson; Iman Mohamed; Rachelle Gendron; Shahira Esmail; Jen Evans; Alan Kerr-Wilson; Elisa Bernier; Leah Geller; and Liz Smith.

The Seedmap.org Management Team is: Cynthia Morinville (2014) and Genevieve Grossenbacher (2015 onwards), Faris Ahmed; Sarah Doornbos (2013/2014) and Willy Douma (2015 onwards); Bertram Zagema (OxfamNovib).