In this TEDx talk, Tutu Fellow Ed Mabaya talks about his childhood growing up in rural Zimbabwe and how it gave him the insight into the power of improved seed to provide a pathway out of poverty. He left the small family farm where he grew up. But when he returned, it was to the realisation that food security remains a problem for too many parts of rural Africa. Successful farmers are able to make enough money to invest in their children's educations. A key element to better farming outcomes is better seed. Mabaya calls this improved seed the 'hunger buster 2.0'. Climate smart varieties of non-GMO, conventionally-bred seed offer opportunities for bigger harvests.
Research he is conducting identifies the bottlenecks to getting those seed varieties to farmers so that solutions can be found to put this better seed in their hands.