Community Seed Banks and the Community Based Agrobiodiversity Management (CBAM) Malawi A project appraisal
The Development Fund (DF) has been supporting a project on Community Based Agrobiodiversity Management (CBAM) in the northern region of Malawi. CBAM project is part of DF’s global program on Agrobiodiversity and Climate Change (ABC) that aims at contributing to sustainable climate adaptation among farmers and pastoralists. As this phase of the project is coming to an end and future support is planned DF needed to get an independent report on the results of the program. There is limted scholary litterature on Community Seed Banks (CSBs) and their performance. Most of what is writen is written by development actors supporting CSBs and it is not published in the peer-reviewed litterature. We therefore have limited empirical evidence on the impact of CSBs on higher level indicators like food security and adaptive capacity. The purpose of the evaluation was to provide The Development Fund of Norway with sufficient information to make an informed judgement about the performance of the Community Based Agrobiodiversity Management (CBAM) project and the recommended way forward for the implementation and follow-up of this project. The evaluation concentrated on the activities and results during the period 2012 to the time of evaluation (August 2016). The main focus of the evaluated project was CBS, and the evaluation convers activities of the user groups, BCI and DF.