Community Seed Bank in Ethiopia
The Ejere Farming Community Seed Bank in Ejere, Ethiopia was built by Ethio Organic Seed Action to help farmers regain traditional local varieties of grain that are better adapted to their location. Seed bank members donate seeds and in turn get seeds from the seed bank. Regassa Feyissa with EOSA is one of the founders and promoters of the seed bank and helps the local farmers.
The germplasm reserve saves a wide variety of crops that may not be grown every year and acts as a safety net in case of crop failure.
Farmers seen in the seed bank with Regassa are Taddesse Retta, chair of the Farmer Conservator Association and Eshetu Badada, the treasurer.
- ©Jim Richardson
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