Guadalupe Ortiz

Ashoka Fellow
Mexico
Fellow Since 2010
This description of Guadalupe Ortiz's work was prepared when Guadalupe Ortiz was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
Introduction
Guadalupe Ortiz’s Canasta de Semillas (Basket of Seeds) model combines the preservation and organic production of native Mexican seeds with a hub-and-spoke distribution network that ensures that rural families can access those seeds for subsistence farming. By linking the food security of rural Mexicans to the preservation of native seeds, Canasta de Semillas simultaneously tackles both the social consequences of subsistence farmer’s nutritional and economic vulnerability and the environmental consequences of declining biodiversity.
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