Hayu Patria, Our Seeds, Our Future

For much of its history, Indonesia has been home to an ecosystem rich in biodiversity. Today however, that biodiversity is being threatened, and deforestation and malnutrition are on the rise. With the help of the non-profit organization Mantasa, Hayu is launching Our Seeds, Our Future , a series of events in Indonesia’s largest cities meant to raise awareness about food sovereignty and to celebrate the recent victory of small farmers over a restrictive seed law.

“My background as a food technologist led me to understand more about the interdependency in food system,” Hayu says. “Our Seeds, Our Future is a project that invites all farmers, local food producers, peasants, women, students and the public to celebrate their victory alongside the world’s foremost promoter of seed freedom against unjust seed laws. Seed freedom means freedom of life as seed, which is the beginning of every life.”

The events will be held from 17–21 August 2014 in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Bali and will be free to the public.

You can learn more about these events on the Mantasa website.

GRANT AWARD DATE:  July 18, 2014