Paid Job: Regional Coordinator, Seed Sovereignty Programme.

Regional Coordinator for Southern England, as part of ‘The Seed Sovereignty for UK & Ireland Programme’ managed by The Gaia Foundation.

Duration: Fixed Term, Part-time until June 2020, 1 day per week
Location: Home Based, Southern England Region
Start: As soon as possible
Salary: £23,000 pro rata
Hours: Part time

The programme is managed by The Gaia Foundation which have over 30 years experience accompanying partners, indigenous communities and Earth defenders in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe - this is what they have to say about this exciting new opportunity:

Together we work to revive bio-cultural diversity, regenerate healthy ecosystems and strengthen community self-governance for climate change resilience.

Through a holistic and long-term approach working with local and indigenous communities, civil society groups and social movements, we focus on four key areas:

  • Seed, food & Climate Change Resilience - Building seed, food and climate change resilience, enabling small farmers and growers to enhance their knowledge and seed diversity.
  • Sacred Lands & Wilderness - Protecting sacred lands through legislation and policy change, and the assertion of custodial rights, helping communities to gain legal recognition that is rooted in their traditions.
  • Earth Jurisprudence - Promoting Gaian governance through the Rights of Nature - recognising nature as the primary source of law and ethics, and challenging the current capitalist system.
  • Beyond Extractivism - Moving beyond extractivism, backing those at the front line of mining struggles to defend their ecological and cultural heritage and to build alternative pathways whilst affirming their right to say ‘no’.

Seed Sovereignty of UK & Ireland Programme

The programme will co-ordinate and facilitate the development of a biodiverse and resilient seed system in the UK and Ireland through increasing the availability and production of agro-ecological (organic) seed and strengthening collaboration across the seed sovereignty movement.

The programme will support strategic collaboration across the UK, Ireland and European seed movement plus the delivery of specific activities, training and resources aimed at up-skilling farmers and growers. In the second half of the programme there will be on farm variety trials in diverse conditions across the British Isles, and participatory plant breeding. A database of varieties and an online platform for growers will also be developed to support the programme’s activities and participants.

There will be five regional seed hubs where training, networking and opportunities for collaboration will be made available and facilitated by regional coordinators.

The programme has identified three overarching objectives within which all of the activities have been organised:

  • To support and cultivate regional and national connections and collaboration to provide coherence across the food and seed sector.
  • To support farmers and growers with further skills, resources and information.
  • To foster a more supportive environment for a biodiverse and ecologically sustainable seed system to thrive.

This is a home-based, part-time post, with travel required throughout Southern England and sometimes further afield.

Annual Leave: 25 days paid annual holiday plus recognised statutory public holidays. These are pro-rated for part-time employees.
Reports to: Programme Manager
Working with: Programme Manager, Head of Communications, other Regional Coordinators and partners.

Deadline is midday on 4th October 2017.

For details on applying please email