Still, they fetch high prices and are sold very quickly as their popularity grows.

Future steps

Farmers often rely on “normal” grains bought in the market rather than on high quality seeds for planting. The programme is currently working to obtain quality certification for seeds produced by farmers, and to develop a packaging system for seeds with appropriate logos, batch and certification numbers. This will improve visibility and provide quality assurance to farmers, thus encouraging them to obtain improved seeds, along with expanding access to market channels, like local agro-dealers and traders. The seed bank committee will also undergo further capacity building on business management to improve its capacities to run the business in a sustainable manner. These are all regarded as necessary steps to capitalise on what has been achieved so far to ensure that positive results on food security and access to high quality seeds for resource-poor households can be sustained in future.