Today was Asia day in which participants from Asia presented their experiences. For example, in Japan there is a group who has been trying to bring back millet and all its diverse varieties. To do this they are bringing biodiversity into the kitchen so that the consumer may take more interest in varieties of millet. Rice is the centre of culture and the economy in Thailand and details of a project to increase the number of varieties were given. A non-Asian case was presented about biodiversity in Germany.
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Tsutomu Oshima / Japan
Yumiko Otani / Japan
This afternoon, an overview of how farmers from each region felt about the field trip to the Chico Mendes extraction reserve and RECAS. We hope, time permitting, to write up a little account of our trips.
Masami Sakaban, Palash Baral, Bob Brac, Martine Touao
Vanaja Ramprasad, Sylvia Rodrigues
Carlos Vicente of GRAIN gave a presentation about genetically modified organisms and their current status. This was followed by short talks by farmers from each region giving their opinions on the threat that such modified plants can pose for sustainable agriculture.
Malika Bounfour, Benki , Thomas Lustig
Abimhamed Mohamed , Abèti Tchao
Carlos Vicente, Santiao Tafur
We then broke up into smaller groups to discuss a number of topics: local seed management; spirituality, culture and sacred forests; water resources; international agreements and trade; genetically modified organisms.