In 1991 Latvia gained independence from The Soviet Union. This extended occupation greatly affected agriculture and trade; in particular cereal breeding institutes were restricted from functioning to their full potential. This is the industry that Vija Strazdiņa, my grandmother, has been working in for the past 47 years. The State Stende Cereal Breeding Institute was the first state-established breeding station in Latvia (1922. She is now one of the only wheat breeders in Latvia. My connection to my Latvian nationality and history is something which has influenced my identity. This work documents the development of Latvia's agriculture; it explores not only the historical progression in cereal breeding but also women's leading role in agriculture within my homeland.
Chris Athanasiou • Alexander Fell • Anna Hammer • Sam Hardwick • Amy Kerridge • Mary Perez • Daniel Winslade • Anna Ziko •