Establishing seed banks in India to increase incomes and food security.

Apr 2022

Traidcraft Exchange

Charity Partner
Working with Traidcraft Exchange, this project will establish seed banks in Jharkhand, India, as part of a wider project to increase incomes and food security. These are locally governed and managed institutions whose core function is to preserve seeds for local use. The bank is run from a physical space where the procured seeds are stored and prevented from the elements and distributed for use at a fair price during sowing season, benefitting up to 500 households. The seed bank thus becomes a place of self-reliance for the community for their seeds and food security, decreasing reliance on traders. This project will also look to establish 300 kitchen gardens where the seeds and vegetables can be cultivated to enable a more varied food production at household level, giving families a healthier and more diverse diet, and on the other hand increase incomes as surplus produce can be sold and money on food expenses from the market can be saved.  

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