Modern production and marketing of agricultural crops depend on a limited number of genetically uniform varieties that deliver uniform food products. With this approach becoming global, genetic diversity is endangered. Worldwide, strategies are developed to conserve genetic resources. This course provides state-of-the-art insight into various plant genetic resources management strategies and relevant policies.
Course organised by:
Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation
Dates: From Monday 13 April until Friday 1 May 2015.
Deadline to apply: 1 st March 2015
Deadline to apply with Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP): 21 October 2014
Plant genetic resources strategies and policies – Developing resource policies that have an impact
In many parts of the world a relatively small number of high-yielding uniform scientifically bred crop varieties have replaced the many farmers’ varieties that were a feature of earlier times. Various participatory programmes have been developed to support farmers in maintaining genetic diversity in their fields. Gene banks have been established to conserve genetic diversity, and to study and use the properties contained in their collections. In this area, the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (IT-PGRFA) stands out as the agreement with most relevance to the management of plant genetic resources. In addition, the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity significantly influences genetic resources exchange policies building on these components, this course is devoted to analysing plant genetic resources policies and their impact on conservation and use. It aims to support policymakers and other stakeholders in the implementation of IT-PGRFA in their own national context.
Upon completion of the course you will:
The programme is designed for mid-career professionals working in policy, research, education or development areas. Participants may be employed by ministries, research institutes, universities, companies, NGOs or other organisations involved in plant genetic resources management. Applicants should have at least an MSc or equivalent in training and experience. At least three years of professional experience in a relevant field is required, as well as proficiency in English.
Information on the organisers
The training course is organised in cooperation with the Centre for Genetic Resources of the Netherlands (CGN) of Wageningen UR.