Strengthening Seed Systems
Promoting Community Based Seed Systems for
Biodiversity Conservation and Food & Nutrition Security in South Asia
The present Volume “Strengthening Seed Systems: Promoting Community Based Seed Systems for Biodiversity Conservation and Food & Nutrition Security in South Asia” is an output of a Regional Exposure Visit for “Partnership to Strengthen Community Based Seed Systems in South Asia”, organized by the SAARC Agriculture Center (SAC), the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) during 7-9 November 2019, Islamabad, Pakistan.
In this forum, the government representatives from SAARC Member States, experts, researchers, and farmers’ organizations were participated with innovative ideas and experience that contributed to come up with this Volume. Thus, we are delighted to publish this book, which would be useful to formulate policies on strengthening the seed systems in general, Community Based Seed Systems (CBSS) in particular, for biodiversity conservation, food security and nutrition in the South Asia region.
We would express our sincere gratitude to the SAARC Agriculture Center (SAC); the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA); the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC); the SAARC Member States, particularly the Ministry of Foreign/ External Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture; SAARC Secretariat; National Focal Point Experts; and Farmers Organizations for their significant contributions. We appreciate to Dr. S. M. Bokhtiar, Director, SAARC Agriculture Center (SAC) and the SAC team; AFA team; and PARC team for their outstanding contributions.