In 2011, farmers of the Fair Trade Alliance Kerala FTAK came together to host the very first seed fest. Four years later, it has become an event for farmers from the region to assess seed diversity and promote food security by sharing knowledge, exchanging seeds and displaying their products. To excite as many farmers as possible of the region Seed Swaraj Yatra, a seed sovereignty procession is organized prior to the event. During four days the fest committee is passing through the region of farmers in Kasargode, Wayanad and Kannur districts and holds public meetings. When the procession passed through Francis’ area, he took some pictures that are shown below. If your interest is now awakened, gaze at many more proud farmers pictures on FTAK’s facebook side. Seed Swaraj Yatra passing through Francis‘ area in Januar 2015. procession moving   Procession

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Farmers of Wayanad are greeting Thomas Kalappura, FTAK chairman and Seed Swaraj Yatra captain.

 

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This crown is made with Areca palm leaf – a traditional wear of farmers in Kerala to protect themselves against the sun. Here it has been creatively modified to a crown, adorned with a variety of traditional seeds.

 

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A farmer from the Mananthavady taluk in the Wayanad district of Kerala grows 26 kinds of chillies.

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Annakutty Karakkal aged 90 grew this elephant foot yam with her bare hands. It weighs 82 kilograms. The only manure she used is cow dung. It is one of the big attractions of the seed fest 2015!