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In Madagascar, the project’s research team partnered with FOFIFA (the National Center for Applied Research and Rural Development) and Africa Rice (another CGIAR Centre) to identify potentially useful plant genetic resources for food and agriculture for testing their performance in the communities through participatory breeding.

  

Photos: Participatory plant breeding in Analavory and Antavolobe, Madagascar

The exercise resulted in the identification of ten varieties of rainfed rice for Antavolobe and another ten varieties of irrigated and rainfed rice for Analavory. They then obtained small samples of those varieties under the conditions of the ITPGRFA´s Standard Material Transfer Agreement from Africa Rice which will be multiplied for further distribution and evaluation by multi-stakeholder project teams with farmers in the community.

In Benin, a field visit to Tori Bossito was conducted on 14 September 2017. The objective of this visit was to assess the performance of the seeds that were exchanged between the two communities conducted under the scope of this project during Year 2.

 

Photo: Field visit to Tori Bossito, September 14, 2017

  • Reminder: National partners from Benin organized a workshop on March 23, 2017 to facilitate the exchange of materials between two farmer communities. The members of the community of Tori-Bossito went to Bonou and obtained seeds of, among other plant varieties, Ahipa (Pachyrhizus erosus) and a variety of sweet potato – More information on this event can be found here

 

Photos: Exchange of pnat genetic resources between the two communities (Tori Bossito, March 23, 2017)

 

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.