The “Local Crop Project: Integrating Traditional Crop Genetic Diversity for Mountain Food Security” Website was launched on 29 January 2016, during the Second Project Steering Committee meeting held in Kathmandu.
The Local Crop Project’s goal is to improve livelihoods and food security of target communities in Nepal, through the conservation and use of traditional crop genetic resources. It is a collaborative project coordinated by Bioversity International, funded by UNEP-GEF, and with leadership of the National Agricultural Genetic Resources Centre (NAGRC)/Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD) and the Department of Agriculture.
The Website present detailed information about what is the project about, the partners implementing the project, the mandate crops of the projects and why they are important (such as amaranth, buckwheat, finger, foxtail and proso millet, etc.), the methods used and their actors (custodian farmers, diversity field school, four-cell analysis, grassroots breeding). It links to recent publications from the project and more technical and management information from the project (sites, steering committee).
For a nice introduction to the project, watch this brief video of the project.
Congratulations to the national partners in Nepal for preparing and hosting the project Website and to the project team at Bioversity International!