Community seed banks as seed producers

Vernooy, R and Jai, R and Ahlawat, S P and Malik, S K and Mbozie, H and Mugisha, J and Nyabasha, S and Otieno, G and Patil, S and Roy, S and Shrestha, P and Tiwari, S and Yadav, R (2020) Community seed banks as seed producers. Working Paper. CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals, Rome, Italy.

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This case study is based on a focus group discussion with 16 seed producers (10 women, 6 men) belonging to two community seedbanks in the UMP district of Zimbabwe (Chibika and Chemazumba), two local leaders, one Agritex officer and with the facilitation and translation by Hilton Mbozi (CTDO). 29 March 2019, Chemazumba, UMP. We thank them for their time and efforts.


Community-based seed producers are a relatively under-researched and under-documented category of seed producers, but have the potential to cater to the diverse seed needs and interests of smallholder farmers. This working paper presents a number of such community-seed producers, with a focus on community seed banks. The case studies from India, Nepal, Uganda and Zimbabwe point to the viability of community seed banks as seed producers and distributors, but becoming successful is not easy and depends on several factors, including initial technical guidance and support, sufficient time, adherence to a seed value chain perspective and the development of a sound business plan from the very start.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Seed Production, Marketing, Community, Seed Banks, Value Chain
Subjects: Others > Agricultural Marketing
Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Others > Seeds/Seed Bank
Others > Seed Systems
Others > Value Chains
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2021 11:02
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 11:02
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