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Enhancing capacity to build resilient seed systems

Sahelian farmer in diversity field forum (DFF) in Mali focusing on the management of millet and sorghum varieties. Credit: Bioversity International/R.Vodouhe

Bioversity International is strengthening the capacity of its partners to use climate monitoring and modelling tools for crop adaptation. Read more in this 2013 Annual Report story.

Bioversity International is strengthening the capacity of its partners to use climate monitoring and modelling tools for crop adaptation, as well as international information systems to identify potentially useful germplasm. Workshops are ongoing, and we have also been developing various training materials over the year.

We are currently finalizing a resource kit on resilient seed systems, featuring a series of research processes that countries need to carry out in order to identify, acquire, test with farmers, conserve and evaluate seeds that are adapted to climate change.

In collaboration with CCAFS, we trained partners in the use of new monitoring and modelling tools for climate change adaptation for different crops, including underused ones. Thirteen scientists participated in a long-term training programme, and nearly 4,500 trainees – an equal number of men and women – attended 33 short programmes on climate-smart agriculture. The short programmes included farmers, scientists and extension specialists from over ten countries, including Bolivia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nepal and Tanzania.

To date, about 100 researchers, genebank managers and extension agents have also been trained in the use of GIS and climate modelling tools and techniques applied to crop experimentation.

This training relates to the ‘Seeds for Needs’ initiative and our policy work with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Annual Report 2013 stories.

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