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When I was child I saw my parents, they have
a backyard garden, but it was not big its small.

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But they grow many things, but our life is
very healthy because we are saving the seed

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and sharing in the community.

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Okay my name is Wah I am from Chiang Mai province
and I am the seed bank manager.

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and this is the ECHO Asia Seed Bank Farm.

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We start the ECHO Asia Seed Bank in 2009.

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In the beginning we did not have experience
about the seed saving. and we learnt by doing

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a lot.

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We have many kinds of seed.

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Also, we have many different techniques which
P’Paw will show you.

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Hi, My Name is Paw I am seed bank information
and quality control.

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Wah she is very good boss, she is very
kind and she taught me everything in the seed

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bank how to work, how to do, how to learn many
things from her.

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Yea she is very good, very good boss.

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It’s very good for me to learn.

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If I do only the documentation others I cannot
help if I do not do by myself I cannot talk

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I cannot share because the our work is very
important to do the experiment and do the

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sharing the information sharing the techniques.

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It’s like two staff from the Myanmar came
here to learn about the seed saving process

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they learn from here and they go
back and they start at the area.

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In the past I never knew about how to save
the seeds systematically but after I got the training

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from ECHO I came back here and got a chance
to do and research together with other staff

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about the information that I learnt from ECHO
to develop seed saving techniques here at

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the Kahilu center.

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I see ECHO would like to preserve the local
seed in our country we have lost a lot of

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variety, so ECHO taught me how to preserve the
local seed for sustainable living.

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After learning all of this I am very excited
to come back and work here and implement here

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in Myanmar.

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When I was there at the seed bank they had
many staff and I was closest with Wah and

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Paw and I learnt many things from them.

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And I am very happy with my work.

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It’s like learn, its like every step.

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I love.

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We’re about to arrive up hear at the kahilu
small farm resource center.

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Which is an association of churches in the
Irrawaddy Delta region of Myanmar.

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They have this small farm resource center
to service farmers and people related to agricultural

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trades, and so they do a lot of good work
meeting physical needs but also the spiritual.

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We are doing a workshop all about seed saving
in the tropics.

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You know when we came in January it was a
pretty new concept kind of a new idea this

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saving seeds.

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It’s something that has been lost.

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You know I wasn’t sure if there would be much
impact, honestly.

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I wasn’t sure if there would be much retention
of this information.

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I think sometimes it sticks and sometimes it doesn’t,
but it stuck here.

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When I come back to see their production plot
or their work.

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I am very happy and also encourage me to continue
my work and also to practice more and to share

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our experience to other people more.

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Please continue to do the share with the community
and also share back with us.

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What I love about ECHO is I think they’re that
perfect merge of mission, holistic ministry

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but also technically skilled experienced
and really take it very seriously the job

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that they do.

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We have a lot of information over 35 years
and that information is not academic research

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information it is very on the ground information.

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It’s very easy to apply very easy to read
easy to understand so the information that

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ECHO has is sutible for the local farmer,
to apply it on their own farm.

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They were planting these in January at the
seed bank workshop.

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I am so encouraged by the work that you have
done since January.

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ECHO Asia has given us an opportunity to go
down another road that is going to be very

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fruitful.

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One thing that makes ECHO unique is that we
are not on the ground, typically not working

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directly with the farmer.

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We love the smallholder farmer and we support
the smallholder farmer.

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Everything we do is geared towards the smallholder farmer, but we are a small organisation.

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We work with partners we work with missionaries,
development workers, peace core, we work with

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people that are already on the ground.

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Those are the people that have the impact
and so if we can support that,

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that’s what we do that’s what we are good at
and that’s

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worth it!

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The workshop has at least two purpose one is
to network people because people come from

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many place then they come to the same place
and they get to know each other.

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The second goal is to provide information
or knowledge because when we do workshops

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or trainings we will have a specific topic
we will provide them and teach them then they

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can take that information and go back and
do their job.

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This farm this kahilu small farm resource
center.

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They’re using what they learned at ECHO Asia
in Thailand and they are contextualising it

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and they are making it attainable and something
that can be used and replicated by a local

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smallholder farmer.

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They have done it in a way that we could never
have done.

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Because they are local they know the language
they have the relationships they know the

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needs of the people in this community they’ve
made it possible for a small holder farmer right

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down the road to benefit from it and that’s
that’s something we couldn’t have done, on

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our own had we come in and just tried to start
a project.

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If we try to do some high technology they
cannot access. Right, we try to, our staff try

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to do the simple, simple techniques and work
and share and they can they can spread out

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they can go and do and share more and more
its multiply more.

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People come back and ask why are you doing
what you do?

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How are you good at what you do, and that just

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opens up so many doors.

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We are pretty excited to introduce to our
network that we have established and are in

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the process of transitioning to a new small farm
resource center.

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Which is about 25 minutes outside of Chiang
Mai and we are pretty excited to let people

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know that this new site is going to be an
amazing new place to showcase small sustainable

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ag production systems and to demonstrate innovative
ideas technical resources of merit that can

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be used to engage the smallholder farmers
of Asia.

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We will be housing a larger seed bank
with more seed varieties and options.

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We are doing it in a way that is appropriate
and contextualised our staff here have done

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an amazing job of creating this site to be
a holistic small farm resource center.

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Most of it is in the works but we are excited to
have this new opportunity.

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If you find yourself in Chiang Mai or northern
Thailand or in the region I would love for

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you to come by and see our new small farm
resource center.

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Come see us, come get your hands dirty on
the farm come teach us some things too.

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