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Detail of GEF Project #351

GEF Project ID351
UNDP PMIS ID236
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameA Dynamic Farmer-Based Approach to the Conservation of African Plant Genetic Resources
CountryEthiopia
RegionAfrica
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program1
Approval Date1992-12-01
GEF Agency Approval Date1994-08-31
Project Completion Date2002-01-01
Project StatusProject Closure
GEF AgencyUNDP
Executing AgencyMinistry of Natural Resources Development and Environmental Protection
DescriptionThis is a biodiversity conservation project which addresses a neglected aspect of plant diversity, that of indigenous crop varieties maintained by farmers in dynamic agro-ecosystems such as those found in Ethiopia. Efforts to conserve crop diversity to-date have focused on maintaining genetic diversity in static ex situ gene banks. This has arrested the complex interaction of genetically diverse traditional varieties (landraces) with their associated pests, predators and pathogens. Ex situ conservation also fails to retain traditional farmer knowledge associated with landraces, knowledge which can be instrumental in utilization and development of new crop varieties from farmers original landraces.
Implementation StatusA formal TPR took place in May 2000, at which the recommendations of the TPR and the STAP review were discussed. Where possible these will be incorporated into the final months of the project - due to end 31/12/00
GEF Project Grant
2,456,300 USD
GEF Grant
2,456,300 USD
Project Cost
2,456,300 USD
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