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Breathing New Life into the Global Crop Conservation Strategies

Foundations for rebuilding seed systems post Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi

Source: Elly Barrett, FAO

This project aims to increase the immediate and long-term food and nutrition security in cyclone Idai (2019) affected communities of Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique through improved national and regional planning and coordination and assessing the loss of plant genetic resources, so that a baseline can be established and strategy developed for restoring germplasm, and rebuilding and strengthening local seed systems.
The objectives are
1. to better coordinate and plan activities for the reconstruction of local seed systems in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique through the development of plans and regional strategic frameworks and establishment of regional and national coordination platforms and committees.
2. to establish the ex-ante and post-ante trends and status of local seed systems in cyclone Idai affected communities in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique.
3. to provide short-term measures to seed insecurity in Cyclone Idai affected communities through the provision of suitable genetic resources.
4. to strengthen the capacity of Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique to implement the International Plant Treaty through the provision of targeted capacity development and policy guidance activities and products.
5. to raise awareness of the impact of extreme weather events on biodiversity and local seed systems through the development of targeted communication products and activities.

Project duration: 15.09.2019 – 31.12.2022
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GLIS – The Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources

The aim of the project is the development of a search engine for plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), which allows to search for information on plant genetic resources in global databases. Global access to information and knowledge about PGRFA should strengthen the conservation, management and use of PGRFA. An IT-infrastructure will be established and standards for the identification and documentation of PGRFA will be developed. So-called Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) will help to uniquely identify samples of plant genetic resources. The information system allows the search for characteristics such as drought tolerance. This will make it easier for users worldwide to link research results from different institutions and exchange findings on the same genetic material.

Project duration: 01.01.2017 – 31.12.2019
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APFORGIS - Expanding EUFGIS to other regions

The European Forest Genetic Resources Programme (EUFORGEN) has developed and successfully implemented a tree species conservation planning approach based on Genetic Conservation Units (GCUs). Criteria for the size and management of these units for broad species groups were developed based on expert opinion and considerable empirical research. GCUs for specific species were then identified by European countries based on common criteria.
This project will enable APFORGEN (Asian-Pacific Forest Genetic Resources Programme) to implement key actions by building on the knowledge sharing and learning experiences of EUFORGEN.
The approach taken by EUFORGEN enables setting up a regional network of tree species conservation sites even in the absence of genetic information on the species. This is done by assessing environmental variability within a tree species range and ensuring that GCUs are optimally distributed across diverse environmental conditions.

Project duration: 01.12.2017- 30.11.2019
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First State of the World Report on Aquatic Genetic Resources

In April 2013, the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) recognized the need to conduct a worldwide survey of the existence and use of aquatic genetic resources for food and agriculture (AqGR). The project "Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture - Contribution towards the First State of the World Report (SoW-AqGR)" supported the preparation of the State of the World’s Aquatic Genetic Resources at FAO. As part of the project, in addition to conducting regional workshops and producing five background studies, the FAO website on AqGR was substantially redesigned and translated into all official United Nations languages. The SoW AqGR was completed in 2019 and includes the description of the status and a global assessment of the conservation, sustainable use and development of AqGR. The focus was specifically on aquatic species farmed in aquaculture as well as their native species found in the wild. Overall, the Sow-AqGR, based on 92 country reports, emphasizes the need to conserve aquatic diversity in their natural habitats and to implement breeding programs in the aquaculture sector to develop aquatic genetic resources. The well-prepared results of the project are accessible to all interested parties through the website of FAO.

Project duration: 15.12.2014 - 31.03.2019
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