Community seedbanks: securing diversity for climate change adaptation

Bioversity International’s policy scientist Ronnie Vernooy explains to Degrees of Latitude why community seedbanks are important for farming systems’...

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Increasing access to quality and diverse seed: A journey to the Kiziba community seedbank

As the threat of climate change looms large over the agriculture sector and food security, many farmers in Uganda are beginning to appreciate the...

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Farmer in Kiziba seedbank. Credit: Bioversity International/D. Jarvis

Women of the Kizibi community seedbank

Every year on October 15th, the UN celebrates International Day of Rural Women to honour and recognize the importance of rural women in enhancing...

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Farming communities attending rewards (in-kind and social recognition) handover ceremony for successful conservation of rare quinoa varieties. Huataquita, Puno Region, Peru. Credit: Bioversity International/A.Drucker

Realizing farmers’ rights through community biodiversity management

Two new briefs examine how a community-based approach to crop diversity management, including supporting community seedbanks, can empower and benefit...

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Farmers get to work to establish vital community seedbanks in Nepal

After two earthquakes devastated parts of Nepal one year ago, Devendra Gauchan, National Project Manager and Bhuwon Sthapit, Senior Scientist,...

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Seed fair in Nakaseke, Uganda, to raise awareness of traditional varieties of beans.
Please credit: Bioversity International/I.Lopez-Noriega

Access and benefit sharing of genetic resources – making it work for family farmers

A new special issue of Farming Matters, produced in collaboration with Bioversity International, focuses on how access and benefit sharing of plant...

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Nepali farmers fight to save indigenous seeds

SciDev.Net interviews Bioversity International's Nepal-based Devendra Gauchan, agriculture economist and project manager, about the latest...

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Seed fair with smallholder farmers in Mutale, Limpopo Province, South Africa. This community has been earmarked by the government to set up a community seedbank.  Credit: Bioversity International/R.Vernooy

Community seedbanks as a platform for crop conservation and improvement in South Africa

Community seedbanks could service as co-ordinating agencies bringing together farmers, plant breeders, genebank curators and other stakeholders to...

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Agricultural landscape, Terai, Nepal - one of the areas affected by the 2015 earthquakes. Credit: LI-BIRD/Pudasaini

Safeguarding native seeds and rebuilding local seed systems in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes

Almost a year after two earthquakes devastated parts of Nepal, find out how a Seed Recovery Programme in 10 of the 14 most-affected districts is...

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Community Seed Banks

Free book - Community seed banks

The book 'Community Seed Banks: Origins, Evolution and Prospects' is now free to download from our website. The book includes a global review of...

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