Photo slideshow of the project, or view the photos on Flickr.
Strengthening Indigenous Informal Seed Systems in Southeast Asia
Target Countries: Thailand, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam
Principal Investigator: Ricky M. Bates, The Pennsylvania State University
- Thomas Gill, The Pennsylvania State University
- Rick Burnette, ECHO Asia Regional Office, Thailand
- Laura Meitzner Yoder and Abram Bicksler, International Sustainable Development Studies Institute, Thailand
- Yongyooth Srigiofun, Maejo University, Thailand
Informal seed systems provide access to locally-adapted indigenous crops and constitute an essential component of sustainable production for resource-poor farmers. Current efforts to identify, conserve, improve and disseminate this rich genetic resource are insufficient. Development of these locally valued crops will set the foundation for increased and improved production, marketing and profitability. This project increases the impact and reach of these informal seed systems locally and regionally. Specifically, we are forming an effective team that builds linkages between Northern Thailand hilltribe farmers, a local innovative seed bank, and extension training systems.
Establishment of this linkage will result in: 1) surveys of key indigenous crops and collection of local crop knowledge, 2) activities promoting emergence of an effective regional seed bank, including training of key personnel, 3) development of an indigenous seed system conference and seed exchange, 4) improved human and institutional capacity, strategically focused on entrepreneurial women. This project potentially gives farmers access to new varieties and locally-adapted crops, many of which are unavailable from commercial sources, develops value chains around key species, and results in regional distribution of important seed resources to less developed neighbor nations such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
- Build Your Own Seed Germination Cabinet for Testing Seed Viability (PDF)
This manual further explains how to build a seed germination cabinet.
- Final report: Strengthening Informal Indigenous Seed Systems (PDF)
This paper about the project includes information on background, approach, and findings of the project.
- Project presentation: Crop Biodiversity: Identify, preserve and promote underutilized vegetable species (PDF)
This presentation contains information on the background, outcomes and impacts of this project, which promotes underutilized vegetable species.
- Project poster: Methodologies for Strengthening Informal Indigenous Vegetable Seed Systems in Northern Thailand and Cambodia (PDF)
This poster explains the methodology applied to the project to strengthen informal indigenous vegetable seed systems