How do you tell a global story to explain the benefits of agrobiodiversity? To date, the Lexicon’s team of researchers and storytellers have worked closely with NGOs on five continents to produce case studies on five Reawakened 25 crops, with more to come.
Long considered “poor people’s food,” breadfruit has recently undergone a culinary renaissance, one that has turned the fruit into a new source of income for home farmers and a key ingredient in local kitchens. Written and photographed by Douglas Gayeton.
Seeds for Needs, an ambitious project created with joint support from Ethiopian farmers and researchers at Bioversity International, Mekelle University, and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, began looking into Ethiopia’s past to rediscover ancient grains that might provide solutions to the country’s extreme vulnerability to drought, and to fight climate change by using seeds to increase the resilience of rural communities. Photography and video by Alberto Miti. Written by Carlo Fadda. Edited by Ann Thrupp.
The country’s emerging “Millet Revolution” has led to sustainable intensification of a once forgotten crop, the introduction of value added products in rural communities, and a new source of nutritious food to support healthy diets. Photography and video by Alberto Miti. Written by Elena Valeriote, Joanna Kane-Potaka, and Dr. E.D. Israel Oliver King.
Redirecting that spending towards healthier, local, and sustainably-grown foods is key to addressing Mexico’s nutrition challenges, as is the re-emergence of one particular ingredient native to the region that nearly vanished from local markets: amaranth. Written by Hope Bigda-Peyton and Douglas Gayeton. Photography and video by Douglas Gayeton.
As climate change brings extreme heat and drought affects more areas of the world, teparies will likely become an increasingly important food resource, both culturally and nutritionally, for many indigenous groups in the region. Written by Gary Paul Nabhan, Colin Khoury, and Douglas Gayeton. Photography and video by Douglas Gayeton.