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In December 2015, partners from Benin and Madagascar attended to an additional training workshop on resilient seed systems and adaptation to climate change. The workshop took place in Tori Bosito, one of the sites from Benin where 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' is being implemented. Main objectives of the workshop were to enhance the capacities of national partners and communities to identify useful and potentially adaptable genetic resources for climate change adaptation. In total, 20 participants, 13 from Benin and seven from Madagascar, were trained.

During the workshop, participants modelled data obtained from the National gene bank from Benin using the programmes 'GIS' and 'Climate' and identified accessions suitable for Tori-Bosito for present and 2050s climate challenges from the multilateral system (using Genesis’ database. Additionally, through participatory exercises, participants contributed to the identification of the diversity of maize in the community, assessed whether there were any varieties being used for climate change adaptation, and discussed about desired traits.

In addition, a small seed fair was organized at the end of the training course. In groups, women and men farmers exchanged seeds of the crop diversity they manage and discussed how climate change is affecting this diversity and the global farming system in Tori-Bosito.

This additional workshop was supported through available funds from the Netherlands-supported  Genetic Resources Policy Initiative 2.

Useful resources:

Download presentations from training course by Gloria Otieno, Bioversity International' scientist :

 

Photos

Participants at the Resilient seed systems and adaptation to Climate Change training course. Benin, 15-18, December 2015. Credit: Bioversity International/Wilfried AnagonouPhoto: Participatory excercises conducted during the training Resilient seed systems and adaptation to climate change. Benin, 15-18, December 2015. Credit: Bioversity International/Wilfried Anagonou
Map developed during the training course:' Potentially adaptable cowpea accessions for present and 2050s conditions in Bonou' held in Benin, December 2015 by Gloria OtienoMap developed during the training course:' Potentially adaptable cowpea accessions for present and 2050s conditions in Bonou' held in Benin, December 2015 by Gloria Otieno

Photo credits:

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

Top right: Participatory excercises conducted during the training Resilient seed systems and adaptation to climate change. Benin, 15-18, December 2015. Credit: Bioversity International/Wilfried Anagonou

Bottom photos: Maps developed during the training course: Potentially adaptable cowpea accessions for present and 2050’s conditions in Bonou, Benin. Credit: Bioversity International/G. Atieno

 

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.