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Food Security Network (KHANI) Bangladesh

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The South Asian leaders endorsed a SAARC Seed Bank (SSB) Agreement in the 17th SAARC Summit in Maldives (2011). They also endorsed a Framework for Materials Transfer Agreement in that Summit. The objectives of SSBA are to (a) Increase Seed Replacement Rate with Appropriate Varieties at a Faster Rate as far as Possible so that the use of Quality Seed for Crop Production can be ensured; (b) Provide Regional Support to National Seed Security Efforts; address regional seed shortages through Collective Actions; and foster inter-country partnerships; and (c) Act as a Regional Seed Security Reserve for member states of SAARC. But there are lack of participation of local small and marginal farmers including indigenous peoples in the SSB.