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Journals,Books and Newsletters
Seed Distribution Project

Journals, Books and Newsletters

1- Diversity
News Journal for the International Plant Genetic Resources Community
Publisher: Genetic Resources Communications Systems, Inc.
Address: 4905 Del Ray Ave., Suite 401
Bethesda, MD 20814 USA
Phone: (301) 907-9350 Fax: (301)907-9328
Description: This quarterly news journal serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of issues pertinent to the international plant genetic resources community.

2- Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter
Publisher: IBPGR (International Board for Plant Genetic Resources)
Address: International Board for Plant Genetic Resources, c/o FAO, Via delle Sette Chiese 142, 00145, Rome, Italy
Description: A biannual compilation of technical research papers about plant genetic resources worldwide.

3- Seedhead News
Publisher: Native Seeds/SEARCH
Address: 2509 N. Campbell Ave. #325
Tucson, AZ 85719 USA
Phone: (602)327-9123
Description: Quarterly newsletter about project activities, events, and special reports on the work of Native Seeds/SEARCH (Southwestern Endangered Aridland Resource Clearing House). Also look for their annual Seedlisting.

4- Seed Sowers
Publisher: Center for PVO/University Collaboration in Development.
Address: Bird Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C. 28723-9056
Phone: (704)227-7422
Description: Seed Sowers is the newsletter for the On-Farm Seed Project, designed to help farmers at the local level in Senegal and the Gambia adapt and use improved methods of seed production, harvesting, processing and storage.

5- Growing Diversity Genetic Resources and Local Food Security
by D. Cooper, R. Vellvˇ & H. Hobbelink, editors
Publisher: IT Publications Ltd., 103-105 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HH, England
Description: The contributors document the achievement of farmers in developing crop varieties tailored to their needs, and demonstrate how these approaches can be built upon to promote both conservation and sustainable development. Other chapters survey the limitations of the formal systems of plant genetic resource conservation and improvement.

6- Conservation of Biodiversity for Sustainable Development
O.T. Sandlund, K. Hindar & A. Brown, editors
Publisher: Scandinavian University Press, July 1992, 326 pp.
Description: Extinction of habitats and species poses a threat to the genetic resources on which sustainable development depends. This volume, the first in a new Norwegian series of studies in conservation biology, responds to the challenge with state-of-the-art information on a range of topics, including recommendations for policymakers.

7- Agroforestry Seeds Circular
Address: AFSICH, c/o P.G. Fernandez, Dept. of Agronomy, UPLB, College, Laguna 4031, Philippines
Description: A biannual publication of AFSICH, Agroforestry Seeds Circular is directed at Philippine NGO's, GO's, and individuals working in sustainable development, particularly in upland areas.

8- SAT News (Semi-arid tropics)
Address: ICRISAT, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, A.P. 502 324, India. Telex: 422203 ICRI IN, Email: Dialcom 157: CG1505, Fax: 91(842)241239.
Description: SAT News (Semi-arid tropics) is the newsletter of ICRISAT. This quarterly newsletter provides research updates, listings of publications that come out of ICRISAT, and workshop announcements.

9- Geneflow News Address: IBPGR Headquarters: c/o FAO of the United Nations, Via delle Sette Chiese 142,00145, Rome, Italy
Email: 157:CGI101 or IBPGR
Fax: (39-6)5750309
Description: Geneflow News is a publication of IBPGR. This colorful annual magazine highlights the ongoing work of the CGIAR centers. It seeks to illuminate the issues and accomplishments of groups that contribute to the conservation of genetic resources. A glossary of technical terms in the back makes this artfully presented magazine even more accessible to the non-specialist.

10- Successful Seed Programs A Planning and Management Guide
by Johnson E. Douglas
Publisher: Westview Press, Inc., 5500 Central Ave., Boulder, CO 80301 U.S.A.
Description: This book offers a broad coverage of the principles of a successful seed program. It is the combined efforts of sixteen internationally known consultants, and intended to be a basic reference for administrators, managers, and leaders to build a successful seed program.

11- The Hidden Harvest Wild Foods and Agricultural Systems
A Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography.
Address: Marilyn John, Publications Dept. IIED, 3 Endsleigh St., London WC1H0DD, U.K.
Description: This resource encompasses close to 1,000 references, highlighting areas of contemporary importance to agriculture and forest policy. It is divided into eleven sections with three indices; regional, ethnic group, and thematic. Each section contains review essays and annotated references.

12- Designing Successful Farmer-managed Seed Systems
by Sharanjit S. Bal and Johnson E. Douglas
Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development, Development Paper Series, Jan. 1992
Address: Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development, Route 3, Box 376, Morrilton, AR 72110-9537 U.S.A.
This booklet provides an introduction to farmer-managed seed production systems and relevant project experience in Nepal, Gambia, Senegal, and Latin America. Suggestions for an integrated national seed system are reviewed.


1- Seeds of Change
Address: 1364 Rufina Circle #5, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: (505) 438-8080
Description: For $3 this is as much a magazine as a catalogue of organic heirloom seeds. Browse through the selection of vegetables, cucurbits, legumes, grains, herbs and flowers and then read about Seeds of Change and other seed programs.

2- Seed to Seed
by Suzanne Ashworth
Address: Seed Saver Publications, Rural Route 3, Box 239, Decorah, IA 52101
Description: (see review)


1- IBPGR, the International Board for Plant Genetic Resources.
Address: IBPGR Headquarters:
c/o FAO of the United Nations
Via delle Sette Chiese 142,00145, Rome, Italy
Email: 157:CGI101 or IBPGR
Fax: (39-6)5750309
Description: The IBPGR is an autonomous international organization, belonging to the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research, (CGIAR). The IPBGR coordinates an international network of genetic resource centers which foster the collection, conservation, documentation, evaluation and use of plant germplasm with the goal of raising the standard of living and welfare of people throughout the world.

2- CIAT, International Center for Tropical Agriculture.
Address: CIAT
A.A. 6713, Cali, Colombia
Telex: 05769 CIAT CO.
Fax: 57-23-647243
Description: CIAT operates a gene bank that preserves the seeds of 52,000 varieties of cassava, beans and tropical pasture species. CIAT distributes seed samples to breeding programs in more than 80 countries. Some of the seeds in the bank are the worlds only remaining examples of certain varieties. CIAT is a member of CGIAR.

3- ICRISAT, International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. Address: ICRISAT Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, A.P. 502 324, India. Telex: 422203 ICRI IN, Email: Dialcom 157: CG1505, Fax: 91(842)241239.
Description: One of the CGIAR centers, ICRISAT's primary mandate is to serve as a world center for the improvement of grain yield and quality of sorghum, millet, chickpea and groundnut and act as a world repository for the genetic resources of these crops. Headquarters are in Patancheru, India. Staff are also posted in seven countries and five university based cooperative research stations. Two main centers in Africa are outside of Niamey, Niger, and in Matopos, Zimbabwe.

Seed Distribution Project

The Henry Doubleday Research Association
Address: HRDA, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry CV8 3LG, UK; Tel: (44-203)303517; FAX: (44-203)639229.
Description: The Henry Doubleday Research Association supplies seed of tree and shrub species to groups involved in tree plantings in developing countries. Although initially focused on Africa, the program is now expanding to other regions. The Association invites requests from groups involved in tree planting programs. Applicants are requested to complete a Tree Seed Request Form, giving full environmental and practical information. Send requests to: Stephanie M. Harris.

Johnson E. Douglas Memorial Scholarship Fund
To honor the life work of Johnson E. Douglas (1924-1992), a leading world authority on seeds, Douglas's children have established the Johnson E. Douglas Memorial Scholarship Fund for education and development in seed technology. Douglas founded and coordinated the Seed Unit at CIAT from 1979-1987, among his other valuable contributions to seed research and policy. The Winrock Institute for International Development administers the fund.
Address: Contributions may be sent to Fred Hueston, Winrock International, Rte. 3, Box 376, Morrilton, AR 72110, USA.
Phone: (501)727-5435, extension 311.