Seed Banks

Seed Banks

When setting up a seed bank, members of existing , Self Help Groups within a community are invited to a meeting. A group is then selected from among these members to manage the bank. Meetings are held regularly in order to carry out the seed bank functions.


Storing Seeds in the proper manner, lending seeds to those who request them and keeping records of seeds returned. A very important duty of members is promoting traditional agricultural practices through the use of local seeds. These members are responsible for maintaining the purity of seeds by monitoring the farming methods of members who contribute to the seed bank and ensuring that they employ organic Farming method. They are, therefore, trained in seed selection and storage techniques.


Farmers are encouraged to take up seed production by being provided with seeds for this specific purpose. Most often, these seeds are sourced from the community seed bank. Interested farmers then multiply these seeds to return to the bank, which distributes them to members outside the community or village, with profits from the endeavour being used to expand the seed bank.


 

Seed multiplication is important in that it helps enrich the biodiversity of a local area by making available many indigenous seed varieties to farmers who hitherto had no access to the seeds. It is also an income generating scheme where individual farmers are compensated for their efforts in seed production.