Community Seedbank Farmer's Handbook

This publication consists of three easy-to-read booklets that are a companion to the handbook for facilitators Community seedbanks: concept and practice (Vernooy et al. 2017). These three booklets were written and designed to be used by community members involved in or wanting to be involved in a community seedbank. Each focuses on a theme introduced by the members of a community seedbank in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The themes are presented in the form of short and simple texts accompanied by large-sized photographs. The three themes are:  

Establishing a community seedbank 

Technical issues 

Management, networking, policies and a final checklist. 


Funding and implementation partners

This work is an outcome of the research and capacity-development activities surrounding community seed banks supported by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) of the government of South Africa. 

Results achieved

The three booklets were successfully tested in Zimbabwe. Since then, they have been used for training farmers in a number of countries. The three booklets have been in high demand by participants of the annual short courses about the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources and resilient seed systems that Bioversity is co-organizing with the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovations. These are courses for professionals. 

Next steps/variations

Currently, the books are available in three translations, English, French and Spanish. A Chinese version is in the making and will be used to train farmers in China.