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Flows under stress: availability of plant genetic resources in times of climate and policy change

September 7th, 2012 | Source: Ronnie Vernooy

(…) The working paper presents the findings of a study of how plant genetic resources move into and out of the CGIAR, carried out for the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program. The study reveals the invisible flows of material and identifies some of the blockages which are becoming more frequent and harder to get around.

CGIAR centres are adapting in response to climate change. Among these changes are closer direct interactions with farmers, national extension services, NGOs and aid agencies and closer cooperation with the private sector. The details of these broader operational strategies, along with the information on flows, can be found in the working paper.

The main findings of the paper will be summarized in three forthcoming CCAFS blogs which will be posted on September 14, 21, and 28, 2012. The authors welcome comments and observations which can be posted directly on the CCAFS blog. Or alternatively, you could send them directly Ronnie Vernooy at r.vernooyATcgiar.org