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During early stages of implementation of the project 'Mutually supportive implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and the Nagoya Protocol in Benin and Madagascar', the National Focal Points from both countries expressed concern about the general lack of knowledge and awareness about the Plant Treaty compared to that about the Nagoya Protocol. In response to that, the project decided to organize/sponsor awareness raising workshops in both countries to boost awareness of the Plant Treaty and to enhance related technical expertise of a few key actors involved in the implementation of both the Plant Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol. In both countries, participants to these workshops included researchers from the national agricultural research institutes, university researchers and students, representatives of the regional extension services, local NGOs, members of the private sector, farmers’ associations, local authorities and women leaders. These additional workshops were supported through available funds from the Netherlands-supported GRPI 2 project.

In Madagascar, a national workshop was held in November 2015 in Antananarivo. In total, 130 people, including representatives of the ministerial departments concerned and stakeholders from both the central government and from the 22 regions of Madagascar attended the workshop. The event was captured by the local press and media. Additionally, two awareness raising workshops were organized for small groups in the two project sites on the substantial contents of the Plant Treaty, the Nagoya Protocol and the content of the Darwin initiative project. 

Read media article: Vers la mise en oeuvre du traité TIRPAA (Madagascar)

 

Photos:
Left: Participants at the workshop. Credit: Bioversity International/Wilfried Anagonou
Right: Participants at the workshop. Credit: Bioversity International/ Michelle Adriamahazo

 

This project is conducted with the support of the Darwin Initiative - a UK Government Funded Programme. It is carried out in collaboration with the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, the Secretariats of the CBD and the ITPGRFA and the AUC. It is delivered through the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and through Bioversity International.