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A Breakfast seminar with Patrick Evelio Mucia
Come and have breakfast with Patrick Mucia, Maya Kaqchiquel agroecologist from Lake Atlitlán, Guatemala
Patrick is a 27-year old agroecologist, seed saver and photographer who works for IMAP (Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura), where he coordinates the Biodiversity Programme. He is visiting us briefly on his way to the International Permaculture Convergence (IPC India 2017) ‘Towards Healthy Societies.’
Patrick will share with us his people’s vision of indigenous food security. He will show how seed saving is playing a key role in the human, social and economic development of the Mayan communities around Lake Atitlán, a region still suffering from the consequences of Guatemala’s brutal civil war, and devastated by poor land and water management. The community seed banks Patrick has helped establish distribute each year over 500 pounds of seeds from 36 different native and local varieties throughout the country. They contribute to the design of a better future for Guatemala.
- Patrick Mucia (Maya Kaqchiquel agroecologist)