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The relationship between national plant genetic resources programmes and practitioners promoting on-farm management: results from a global survey

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 July 2013

Linn Borgen Nilsen
Affiliation:
Plant Production and Protection Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy
Abishkar Subedi
Affiliation:
Wageningen University and Research Centre, Centre for Development Innovation, PO Box 88, 6700 AB Wageningen, The Netherlands
Mohammad Ehsan Dulloo
Affiliation:
Bioversity International, Via dei Tre Denari 472/a, 00057 Maccarese, Rome, Italy
Kakoli Ghosh
Affiliation:
Plant Production and Protection Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy
Jorge Chavez-Tafur
Affiliation:
ILEIA – Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture, PO Box 90, 6700 AB Wageningen, The Netherlands
Genowefa Maria Blundo Canto
Affiliation:
Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics, University Roma Tre, Via Silvio D'Amico 77, 00145 Rome, Italy
Walter Simon de Boef
Affiliation:
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, PO Box 23350, Seattle, WA 98102, USA
Corresponding

Abstract

A global survey was conducted among a wide range of stakeholders to gain insight into the state of on-farm management (OFM) as a strategy for enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA). The results show that OFM is not considered a priority in national PGRFA programmes (NPGRPs), and that OFM practitioners and their organizations are not always aware of, or involved in, NPGRPs. The survey also highlighted the lack of awareness, understanding and collaboration between OFM practitioners and the managers and policy-makers associated with NPGRPs. The outcome of the analysis supports a hypothesis that OFM is, to a large extent, supported by stakeholders who are not directly engaged in the conservation and use of PGRFA, and therefore not associated with NPGRPs. This should be taken into consideration when seeking to improve the performance and impact of national programmes, and their commitment to safeguard PGRFA and contribute to food security, poverty alleviation and sustainable agriculture.

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Copyright © NIAB 2013 

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