First Seed Library in Palestine to Preserve Ancient Seeds Crops (VIDEO)

Vivien Sansour hosts workshops to preserve Palestinian seeds. (Photo: Via Al Jazeera)

Vivien Sansour, an agronomist from Beit Jala, is collecting seed varieties handed down by Palestinian farmers for generations with the aim of developing a seed library which aims to preserve seeds of crops that once grew across historic Palestine.

The Palestinian Heirloom Seed Library will be unveiled today in Battir, a West Bank village. Eventually, the library have a residence at the science studio of the AM Qattan Foundation, a Ramallah-based independent institute focusing on cultural and educational development.

Vivien Sansour, the library founder said, “What’s more symbolic and yet literal than the seed itself?” Farmers who have been role models in terms of developing seeds and passing them down over generations, are now losing this identity. We, as Palestinians, are losing what makes us who we are, which is our seed.”

“We make it a point to highlight that this is not a seed bank but a library, because you plant a seed that’s borrowed with the hope that it will grow, and you return it so other generations can make use of it,” said Nader Wahbeh, director of the science education project at the Qattan Foundation.

Cultivating the land is a central theme in Palestinian culture and identity. Farming is a livelihood that connects Palestinians with their land, and has withered over the years under the strain of the Israeli occupation.

(PC, Al Jazeera)

Know the Truth about Palestine

Dear Reader,
You have carried us through years of honest and accurate coverage and we are confident that you will carry us through the next stage, which promises to be more critical than ever, for Palestine and for all of us.
Make a contribution to support the Palestine Chronicle.
Click HERE to donate using your credit card or PayPal.
Or, click HERE to learn more.

(The Palestine Chronicle is a registered 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible)

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.