Community Seed Bank in Ethiopia
The community seed bank (CSB) in Harbu which was built and sponsored by Ethio Organic Seed Action (EOSA) to help farmers regain traditional varieties of crops and have a safety net against loss of crops in times of drought and crop failure.
Members of the seed bank contribute seeds and can use the seeds for their crops. Included in the seed bank is a germplasm reserve, where seeds are stored in jars as a further means of preserving greater crop diversity.
Seen in the germplasm reserve are CSB members and farmers Ansha Seid (turquoise scarf) and Seid Shiferan (tan scarf) looking at the jars of seeds.
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