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Seeds naturally have a place in almost any endeavor having to do with agricultural development. Seeds of most food plants are small and, as such, are more easily transported and can be shipped longer distances than vegetative cuttings. For the farmer, seeds represent the promise of a continued supply of food.

As with any development “tool,” however, seeds can be misused. For instance, distributing improperly stored seeds that germinate poorly could expose farmers to risk of crop failure.



  1. 17/7/2017 Proteger la viabilidad de las semillas durante su almacenamiento puede representar una tarea difícil en los trópicos, que con frecuencia presentan tanto temperaturas como humedad relativa altas. En mayo de 2017 ECHO fue sede de un taller para almacenamiento de semillas en nuestra Finca Global de...
  2. 19/7/1997 Savingseed is a problem for farmers in hot, humid climates. It is even more of a problem for community, mission, or government seedbanks that must preserve seed for long time periods in remote locations without refrigeration. We believe the work of Dr. D. K. Pandey in India may be a breakthrough...
  3. 20/9/2018 As an organization that seeks to equip people with agricultural resources and skills, we often find ourselves coming back to the seed. Again and again we witness the value of saving open-pollinated seeds, shedding light on locally adapted and underutilized plants of merit, and researching...
  4. El Centro Mundial de Vegetales, tal como su nombre lo indica, se enfoca en los vegetales para reducir la pobreza y la desnutrición. Su sitio en la red contiene numerosas y útiles fuentes y publicaciones, entre ellas se encuentran vídeos sobre como acopiar semilla vegetal. Estos vídeos cubren el...
  5. Knowing the correct procedure for saving seed is a valuable skill for small-scale vegetable farmers. Saving seed allows farmers to: save money on inputs maintain local landraces and varieties build a local source of seed in areas lacking access to seed distributors exchange seed with fellow...
  6. Knowing the correct procedure for saving seed is a valuable skill for small-scale vegetable farmers. Saving seed allows farmers to: save money on inputs maintain local landraces and varieties build a local source of seed in areas lacking access to seed distributors exchange seed with fellow...
  7. Knowing the correct procedure for saving seed is a valuable skill for small-scale vegetable farmers. Saving seed allows farmers to: save money on inputs maintain local landraces and varieties build a local source of seed in areas lacking access to seed distributors exchange seed with fellow...
  8. Knowing the correct procedure for saving seed is a valuable skill for small-scale vegetable farmers. Saving seed allows farmers to: save money on inputs maintain local landraces and varieties build a local source of seed in areas lacking access to seed distributors exchange seed with fellow...
  9. Knowing the correct procedure for saving seed is a valuable skill for small-scale vegetable farmers. Saving seed allows farmers to: save money on inputs maintain local landraces and varieties build a local source of seed in areas lacking access to seed distributors exchange seed with fellow...
  10. Vacuum-sealing seeds is highly effective, but the technology to do it is often out of the reach of small-scale farmers. This one dollar solution can help small-scale farmers store seeds more reliably, improving seed viability and reducing loss. This research was done in Cambodia as part of "Seeds...
  11. 17/1/2018
  12. 24/5/2017 This presentation discusses the importance and benefits of seed saving the advantages of good seeds how to identify and collect good seed principles of harvesting seed seed propagation seed cleaning ... and many other things!
  13. 26/9/2016 Mike McMahon of the Charis Teaching Farm, recently contacted us about an experiment to try to adapt the CO2 seed saving technique presented in AN28 to verify if it could work for his context. Mike and his team conducted an experiment building and utilizing a root cellar at the Charis Farm in Tak...
  14. 20/3/2013 This article is from ECHO Asia Note #16 Since 2011, ECHO Asia has developed and facilitated seed exchange events during meetings with local partners. Through conversations with farmers and NGO staff, we have gained better insight about locally-important plant varieties, seed saving practices,...
  15. Recurso clave 1/12/2000 Amazon.com Description The founders of Australia's Seed Savers' Network show how gardeners can protect the global food heritage - and eat it too. The seeds and growth cycles of 117 vegetables, culinary herbs and edible flowers are described in detail. The book begins with eight chapters on the...
  16. Find links to specific seed saving instructions for 27 common vegetables. This online information comes from Basic Seed Saving, a 48 page paperback book written by Bill McDorman. It was created to provide enough practical information to allow gardeners to embark on the rewarding adventure of...
  17. This article is from ECHO Asia Note #11 Editor: Abram serves as the Coordinator of SustainabilityResearch and as an Instructor with the InternationalSustainable Development Studies Institute in Chiang Mai. He also assists the ECHO Asia Impact Center as a technicaladvisor. Introduction and...
  18. 1/7/2012 Este artículo aparece en ECHO Asia Note #14 Introducción Almacenar semillas en el trópico a menudo resulta difícil pues con altas temperaturas y condiciones húmedas, las semillas pierden su capacidad para germinar con rapidez. Existen muchas técnicas para almacenar semillas, desde los estándares...
  19. Recurso clave 28/4/2011 Part of the NOFAguides. Includes information on: Strengths and limitations of hybrid varieties Before you grow the seed (selecting varieties, saving seed and improving crops, intellectual property rights) Growing seed (pollination biology, harvesting, cleaning, storage, germination testing)...
  20. 22/5/2017 Seed availability for small-scale farmers can be unpredictable and unreliable. Commercial products are often out of reach financially or geographically and can lead to loss of biodiversity. ECHO's seed banks provide sample packets of seeds to evaluate for potential crop production in challenging...
  21. This article is from ECHO Asia Note #28 For both farmers and researchers in the tropics, seed saving can be very frustrating. In Mondulkiri province, farmers are rarely able to keep seed for more than the six months between harvest and the new planting season. Seeds stored longer than this tend...
  22. 20/1/2005 Forward by AVRDC Director Masaaki Suzuki Good seeds are undoubtedly one of the most important materials for farmers. The seeds must be healthy and, preferably, they must possess all the desirable properties that farmers need such as high yielding, high quality, and resistances to diseases, insect...
  23. 9/8/2016 Vacuum-sealing seeds is highly effective, but the technology to do it is often out of the reach of small-scale farmers. This one dollar solution can help small-scale farmers store seeds more reliably, improving seed viability and reducing loss. This research was done in Cambodia as part of "Seeds...
  24. 9/2/2017
  25. 5/8/2018
  26. Recurso clave 1/3/2002 Amazon.com Description Seed to Seed is a complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. This book contains detailed information about each vegetable, including its botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination,...
  27. 4/5/2015 This comprehensive book on the art and science of seed saving demystifies the time-honored tradition of collecting the seeds of more than 75 crops-from heirloom tomatoes and peppers to century-old varieties of beans and grains. InThe Seed Garden, Seed Savers Exchange and the Organic Seed Alliance...
  28. Recurso clave 1/12/2000 2 COPIES All gardeners and farmers should be plant breeders, says author Carol Deppe. Developing new vegetable varieties doesn't require a specialized education, a lot of land, or even a lot of time. It can be done on any scale. It's enjoyable. It's deeply rewarding. You can get useful new...
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  30. Each vegetable is discussed in detail. You'll know the problems and their solution, understand how to raise, harvest, and store the seeds.
  31. The purpose of this booklet is to demonstrate that you can grow your seed in a small area for many levels of benefit. It attempts to enable you to answer the questions "How much seed and how many plants do I need?" and "How much of area will I need to devote to become seed self-reliant?" Knowing...
  32. 20/1/2006 Seeds conserved in genebanks are a vital and irreplaceable resource for safeguarding future agricultural options. The capacity of genebank staff to apply good standards for seed handling is hence of critical importance. This is the standard reference for genebank work and one of the few sources...
  33. THE GLOBAL ROLE OF THE CROP TRUST In 1996, after long negotiations, 150 countries adopted the firstGlobal Plan of Action(GPA) for conserving and using crop diversity. The GPA called for a rational global conservation system, based on the principles of effectiveness, efficiency and transparency....
  34. 94% of the old varieties of crops have been lost in the last 100 years, but you can change the trend. Start a grow out program as part of your seed lending library. What's a grow out program? Selected varieties are grown out by volunteers in the community for the benefit of the community. The...
  35. SOMOS SEMILLA es una Biblioteca Comunitaria de Semillas que tiene el objetivo de ofrecer a la comunidad acceso a semillas de variedades de cultivo adaptadas a las condiciones locales. La Biblioteca funciona mediante un sistema de “préstamo-devolución”, aporta educación, y juega un papel...
  36. This handbook has been prepared in response to a need for a uniform set of instructions for tetrazolium testing of seeds. It is written with the assumption that the analyst is already familiar with the art and science of seed testing as exemplified in the Rules for Testing Seeds of the...
  37. This article is from ECHO Asia Note # 37. Seed saving in sub-tropical and tropical climates is challenging. Without equipment designed to maintain dry and cool environments, the quality of seeds may quickly deteriorate. High temperature and humidity during storage increase seed metabolism and...
  38. Malabar spinach (Basella spp.), also known as Ceylon spinach and Indian spinach, is a climbing perennial plant. The vine is succulent with tender leaves. Malabar spinach grows well in hot, humid climates and is adaptable to most soils. Trellised plants work best from the point of view of flower...
  39. This e-Learning course walks participants through the Seed System Security Assessment (SSSA) process and then focuses on targeted responses, depending on the key constraints identified. The 8 modules are highly interactive: participants explore how to: collect key data, decide if farming...
  40. Seed-based development demands a holistic approach if one aims to have impact for a large number of farmers and across a broad rangeof crops. Seed systems need to be designed to meet multiple goals: increase production, enhance family nutrition, make systems more resilience, and help farmers...
  41. Abstract, Food Security, 2016 Seed can be an important entry point for promoting productivity, nutrition and resilience among smallholder farmers. While investments have primarily focused on strengthening the formal sector, this paper documents the degree to which the informal sector remains the...
  42. Abstract, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 2019 Climate change is already negatively affecting Sub Saharan African agriculture. One of the most effective ways to adapton farmis to switch crop varieties. This technological change depends on the policies and institutions involved in governing...
  43. As a nonprofit, Seed Savers Exchange aims to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.
  44. 19/1/1991 Enjoy a delicious bounty of heirloom vegetables every year. Marc Rogers guides you through the time-honored and cost-effective tradition of collecting seeds from this year’s harvest to grow next year’s crop. Learn how to select and store seeds from proven varieties of more than 100 common...
  45. The ECHO Asia Impact Center is staffed by the most dedicated and hardworking people! We would like to introduce you to our partner in Myanmar, the Kahelu Center! This partner has done a tremendous job developing an excellent seed banking facility. It is the desire of ECHO Asia to partner with...
  46. 4/10/2019 The more than 7000 islands that comprise the Philippine archipelago is vastly rich in natural resources and is considered one of only 17 mega-biodiverse regions in the world. Diversity is a recurring theme in these islands as the people speak more than 130 different languages, sublanguages and...
  47. 1/2/1988 For the most complete, up-to-date information on starting plants from seed, turn toThe New Seed-Starter's Handbook. Written by a gardener with 30 years of experience, this easy-to-use reference explains everything you need to know how to start seeds and raise healthy seedlingssuccessfully. An...
  48. Climbing trees to collect seed must be safe and still allow the seed collector to work efficiently in all parts of the crown. This pamphlet is not a manual in tree climbing techniques. It is a reference and reminder for those who have attended a tree climbingcourse.
  49. The objective of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the following topics: reproductive cycles, see origin, seed collection, seed maturity, collection and postharvest care, seed extracting, insect and disease problems, seedstorage, seedlot sampling, test, and rapid viability...
  50. This book aims at closing an information gap on small scale or intermediate technologies for vegetable oil extraction. These technologies have been developed by various institutions and are presented in the hope that they might contribute to more appropriate solutions and generate additional...
  51. 1/1/1978 This book is a manual of procedures, giving you the step-by-step how and when of various planting techniques. Look too, in every chapter, for the principles--the "why"--on which these techniques are based.
  52. 4/10/2019 How do you teach and equip an audience ofrural farmers, development workers, or seasoned professors, or all threeaudiences at the same time about saving seeds? Come learn and share tips and tools in training diverse audiencesabout the basics of seed saving and seed banking.
  53. 4/10/2019 In this workshop, the Global Seed Savers Philippines team will cover basic seed saving practices and tips. Some local ways of saving seeds will also be touched upon.
  54. It is rather extraordinary to think that one small seed can grow into a tree that will live for hundreds of years, reaching a size several metres in diameter. But seeds are delicate, as all farmers know. To maintain their potential to sprout, (or “viability”), seed must be collected, stored, and...
  55. Recurso clave
    1/6/2010 Las semillas naturalmente tienen lugar en cualquier emprendimiento de desarrollo de agricultura. Las semillas de la mayoría de los cultivos son pequeñas, y por lo tanto se transportan fácilmente y sobre más distancia que otros cortes vegetales. Para el agricultor, las semillas representan la...
  56. 21/9/2010
  57. The Community Seed Network’s mission is to support community-led seed stewardship by offering a platform to connect people to projects, projects to each other, and everyone to seed. Through great conversations and the sharing of resources, we hope to make this work visible locally, regionally,...