22 September

Banks, Libraries, and Granaries: Where Seeds are Conserved

Torino-Lingotto Fiere

The best-known example is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen: a huge “bank” that houses seeds of crop species ready to be sown in the event of a biological catastrophe.

Apart from this and other important germplasm banks, there are also many smaller community seed banks, where seeds are renewed every year and continuously exchanged among farmers. We will present various examples, from the kenyan seed savers network to the Vavilov Institute for Genetic Resources, and experiences from Palestine and the United States.


  • Moayad Ahmed Mahamoud Bsharat, Palestine, Representative UAWC Bank of Seeds;
  • Jeff Quattrone, USA, founder of Library Seed Bank;
  • Dikshya Malla, Nepal, Darshan nursery initiative;
  • Patrizia Spigno, Italy, Slow Food Campania,
  • Snezhana Miftakhova, Russia, Institute Vavilov St. Petersburg;
  • Daniel Wanjama, Kenya, Convivium leader Gilgil, Seed Savers network.

Moderators: Member of the Slow Beans Network

The Terra Madre thematic Forums are presented by delegates of the network and are open to the public as long as seats are available.

Priority entrance reserved for delegates. Access requires registration on site.

22 September

11:00 - 13:00

Food for Change – Semi/ Seeds – Pad./Pav. 3