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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 Benin, an awareness raising workshop was organized at the national level in December 2015. The event was captured by the local press and media. In total, 39 men and 13 women attended the event. Thereafter, five additional workshops were organized at the department level. These workshops were organized by the National Agricultural Research Institute of Benin (INRAB), with support of Bioversity-Benin and CeSaReN. Additionally, four awareness raising workshops for local communities were held in Bonou on the substantial contents of the ITPGRFA and the Nagoya Protocol.

Participants at the Resilient seed systems and adaptation to Climate Change training course. Benin, 15-18, December 2015. Credit: Bioversity International/Wilfried Anagonou

Photo: Participants at the workshop. Credit: Bioversity International

 

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.