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ECHO Asia Seed Banking Workshop
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Appropriate seed saving techniques and solutions for small scale agriculture and community development organizations.


January 21- 23rd, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Program and Topics: 

  • The importance of seed saving,
  • Community seed selection and improvement of local varieties,
  • How to conduct a community seed swap (workshop participants will also participate in a seed swap with one another during the event),
  • Seedbanking Practicum I: Planning, Production, Harvesting, Cleaning, and Drying, and
  • Seedbanking Practicum II: Storing, Inventory, Testing, Village Level Techniques.

Site Visits: 

  • An afternoon visit to Mae Tha organic farming community to learn about their local seed selection and saving methods, and
  • An overnight trip to ECHO’s seed bank to learn about the operation of a small-scale seedbank, and about ECHO’s ongoing research geared towards community-level seed saving.

2014 ECHO Asia Seed Banking Workshop Resources

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Kastom Gardens - Community Seed Saving PDF (2.51 MB) Administration 1/29/2014
Presentation: Seed Saving and Biology PDF (4.01 MB) Administration 1/29/2014
Presentation: Seed Swap PDF (1.25 MB) Administration 1/29/2014
Presentation: Joko Community Seed Selection PDF (1.64 MB) Administration 1/29/2014
ECHO Asia Seed Bank Flow Chart PDF (199.5 KB) Administration 1/29/2014
Build Your Own Seed Germination Cabinet PDF (309.58 KB) Administration 1/28/2014
EAN 12 - Seed Fairs PDF (423.97 KB) Administration 1/28/2014
Bicycle Pump Vacuum Sealer PDF (1.83 MB) Administration 1/29/2014
Testing Seed Viability - Simple Germination Tests PDF (534.1 KB) Administration 1/29/2014
Seed Matters - Community Seed Banking Link Link Administration 1/29/2014
Bioversity - Manual of Seed Handling in Genebanks Link Administration 1/29/2014
ICRISAT - Manual on Seed Storage Link Administration 1/29/2014
ICRISAT - Manual on Seed Processing Link Administration 1/29/2014
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