Scientific Publication

An analysis of social seed network and its contribution to on-farm conservation of crop genetic diversity in Nepal


Social seed systems are important for the maintenance of crop genetic diversity on-farm. This is governed by local and informal system in the community through a farmers' network. This paper analyses these local seed systems through application of social network analysis tools and mappings and examines the network member and its stability over space and time in a small rice farming community in Nepal. NetDraw software is used for data analysis and network mapping. We found that the dynamic network structure had key role in provisioning of traditional varieties and maintaining of crop genetic diversity on-farm. We identify and ascertain the key network members, constitute either as nodal or bridging (connector) farmers, occupying central position in the network who promote seed flow of local crop diversity, thus strengthening crop genetic resource diversity on farm.