Aims and Objectives
The development objective of this project is to conserve crop genetic diversity in ways that
increase food security and improve ecosystem health.
The immediate objective is to enhance conservation and use of crop genetic diversity by farmers, farmer communities, and local and national institutions to minimize pest and disease damage on-farm.
The project has three anticipated outcomes:
Outcome 1: Rural populations in the project sites benefit from reduced crop vulnerability to pest and disease attacks;
Outcome 2: Increased genetic diversity of target crops in respect to pest and disease management;
Outcome 3: Increased capacity and leadership abilities of farmers, local communities, and other stakeholders to make diversity rich decisions in respect to pest and disease management.
The overall goal is to sustain food production and improve ecosystem health through improved use of crop genetic diversity within the production system.
The three specific objectives are:
i. Improve crop productivity for poor women and men farmers, by reducing crop loss from pest and disease damage through the increased availability and use of crop genetic diversity within the farmers’ production systems.
ii. Reducing genetic vulnerability of crops in farmers’ fields to future pest and disease attacks.
iii. Reduce smallholder farmers’ costs, through the use of crop genetic diversity in the production system, as a viable alternative to reduce or substitute for pesticide use.
The major three components are:
(1) Practices and Procedures to determine and optimally use crop genetic diversity to reduce pest and disease pressures;
(2) Enhanced Pro-Poor Capacity and Leadership of farmers and other stakeholders to use local crop genetic diversity to manage pests and diseases and
(3) Scaling up and Benefit Sharing of genetic diversity-rich methods to reduce crop damage.