08.12.2017

These varieties mature in 70 days only compared to between 90 and 120 days with traditional varieties. A seed bank system was established in Bangadeed community and through it, 50 farmers were provided with Butana and Ashana mother seeds to have them test and multiply seeds for further distribution. Farmers were sensitised to the importance of growing varieties that are adapted to the changing climate and having a range of different crops in the farm to enhance the resilience of the farming system. Trainings on seeds multiplication and cooking demonstrations were organised to make people familiar with the taste and texture of the new varieties. After the first season, farmers brought back a certain amount of seeds to the seed bank to ensure that other farmers could benefit from further distributions. The following season, Concern bought Ashana and Butana seeds from the seed bank and distributed them to vulnerable farmers in other villages at seed fairs.