For agrobiodiversity management, one possible solution may be Community Seed Banks.
What are CSBs?
CSBs have been founded since the early 1980th in many parts of the world and in Europe are mostly based on seed savers’, gardeners’ and farmers’ networks. They maintain and develop agricultural bio-diversity, enhance access to seeds and plants adapted to local conditions, provide training and sensibilisation activities and thereby contribute to sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty.
For more than 40 years, Community Seed Banks (CSBs) around the world have emerged as part of informal seed systems to counteract the loss of locally adapted crops through dynamic, collective management.
In fact, In Europe, the number of CSBs has grown rapidly in the last 15 years. They had a crucial role in raising public awareness of the importance of plant and seed diversity, protecting local varieties and adapting them to current needs. CSBs have also enriched our society with their innovations, such as newly adapted tools and methods and social forms, to help building a more sustainable food system.
Through the #DYNAVERSITY project, we have produced 3 Manuals (the third still in writing) to provide a comprehensive overview of how they can be established, their management and the exchange laws that affect them.
This topic concerns everyone, and these manuals can help to start a CSBs !
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Manual # 3 “Community Seed Banks: regulating access to germplasm and benefit sharing models” – Coming Soon