Logically, food security directly hinges on seed security. An important question to ask is, is the ownership of seed slowly slipping from the traditional custodians – the farmers? Seed is an asset of the farming community; it is their right to own, grow, save and exchange (seed sovereignty).

With the establishment of Community Seed Bank at Chokyi Gyatso Institute (CGI) who has generously offered the land, farmers from two pilot gewogs (Dewathang and Orong) are expected to revive, preserve and promote their lost traditional cereals.

Inauguration was graced by Drubgyud Tenzin Rinpoche and Khenchen Sonam Tashi from Chokyi Gyatso Institute.

Demo by lead farmer on his experiential learning about simple pest management technique.


Seed Keepers’ and Growers’ Group

Farmers borrowing seeds through seed bank manager














Community Seed Bank – Interior