Seed Sovereignty Remains a Contentious Issue in El Salvador

EcoViva :: Community-led Initiatives for a Sustainable Future

Agronomists from the Mangrove Association sorting seeds before laying them out to dry Agronomists from the Mangrove Association sorting seeds before laying them out to dry

A few weeks ago, EcoViva published an article on TruthOut about domestic seed production in El Salvador, and how the United States under its free trade agreement seeks modifications to Salvadoran law that enables domestic, small-scale enterprises to participate in the government seed purchasing program.  So far, the issue remains unresolved as El Salvador’s new administration takes the reins this week, and domestic growers prepare to supply over 400,000 family farmers with certified corn seed to improve national food security.

Having signed CAFTA-DR, El Salvador must abide by Chapter 9.2, which states that it cannot “treat a locally established supplier less favorably than another locally established supplier on the basis of degree of foreign affiliation or ownership.”   U.S. concern with this specific Chapter implies that the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) thinks that E l Salvador’s current seed…

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