Community Seed Banks: Origins, Evolution and Prospects

Whether it is seeds saved by farmers from their own crops, bought from a market or shop, exchanged with friends and neighbours; community seed banks play an important role in the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity, says new book.

According to a recently published book ‚‘Community Seed Banks: Origins, Evolution and Prospects‘, despite 25 years of history and the rapid growth in number, organisational diversity and geographical coverage of community seed banks, recognition of their roles and contributions has remained scanty.

The bookpublished in July 2015 by Earthscan in association with Bioversity International, is part of  a series of books which aims to review the current state of knowledge on agricultural biodiversity; identify gaps, synthesize lessons learned and propose future research and development actions. The book highlights a wide range of issues, from conservation biology of genetic resources through social sciences to policy and legal aspects.

Based on an in-depth review of experiences from around the world, Bioversity International researchers have categorised the functions and services of community seedbanks into three core areas: conservation, access and availability, seed and food sovereignty.

More information:   Bioverstiy International   

(Bioversity International/Ob)

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