The goal of the ECHO Asia Seed Bank is to serve as a resource for development workers within Asia who wish to experiment with underutilized crops as they work to improve the lives of the poor. The seed bank maintains a collection of hard-to-find seeds that thrive under difficult growing conditions in the tropics and sub-tropics.

Through the ECHO Asia Seed Bank, network members can either acquire free small sample packets, or purchase bulk orders of selected seeds. For more information regarding the seeds currently offered, please see the ECHO Asia Seed Catalog.

Seed bank targets food security in Asia

PLEASE NOTE:

Seeds from the ECHO Asia Seed Bank can only be shipped to addresses in Asia. For members working outside of Asia please order through the ECHO Global Seed Bank.

Ordering ECHO Asia Seed

Ordering Free Sample Seed:

Small sample packets of seeds are made available at no charge to those working on behalf of the poor. Trial seeds help farmers evaluate new species that may help alleviate hunger, improve the soil, and produce income in areas where agriculture is difficult.

Up to 10 varieties of sample seeds are available each year to development workers in Asia.

Instructions for ordering free seed:

  • Consult the ECHO Asia Seed Bank Catalog for full information regarding varieties available.
  • Search the online store, ECHO Asia Seeds, for a particular item.
  • The maximum number of free seed packets you may order is ten (10), and that must be no more than one (1) of each species/variety.
  • E-mail asiaseeds@echonet.org for a promotional code for free seeds.
  • After submitting your order for seeds, our ECHO Asia staff will respond by email to confirm your eligibility for free seeds. Your order will be filled and mailed.**
  • Consult the ECHO Asia Seed Fact Sheets for more information about your seed. 

Purchasing Additional Seed or Bulk Seed:

Once Network Members have met their 10 packet quota for the year, they may purchase additional sample packets. ECHO Asia also makes bulk amounts available for several species that may require an amount larger than a sample packet or that may not be available in certain areas.

 Instructions for ordering additional paid seed:

  • Consult the ECHO Asia Seed Bank Catalog for full information regarding varieties available.
  • Search the online store, ECHO Asia Seeds, for a particular item and amount, not that "Bulk Seed" are itemized separately.
  • When you submit your order, select "Bill Me" as your payment option. 
  • After your order is submitted, ECHO Asia staff will send an invoice for you to pay through PayPal or bank transfer.
  • Once your payment has been received, your order will be filled and mailed.**
  • Consult the ECHO Asia Seed Fact Sheets for more information about your seed. 

Order ECHO Asia Seeds

2017 ECHO Asia Seed Catalog

Seed Fact Sheets


*Please note that your order will be filled on the basis of first come, first served. Seed availability depends on current production. Fees help defray the cost of seed production, processing, packaging, and postage.

*ECHO Asia Seed Bank is not responsible for phytosanitary certificates or plant import permits in most cases. Customers receiving seed outside of Thailand must be familiar with their country’s policies regarding the importation of foreign plant and seed material.

**For orders within Thailand, seeds are mailed through Regular Parcel Service Only (Approximately 1-7 business days, not including weekends and holidays). For orders within other parts of Asia, seeds are mailed via Airmail Only (Approximately 7-14 business days, not including weekends and holidays).