A Dynamic Farmer-Based Approach to the Conservation of African Plant Genetic Resources

Project Summary

This 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.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
351
Project Type
Full-size Project
Status
Completed
Country
Ethiopia
Region
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Natural Resources Development and Environmental Protection
GEF Project Manager

Financials

Project Preparation Grant Amount
0 USD
GEF Project Grant
2,456,300 USD
Co-financing Total
0 USD
GEF Agency Fees
0 USD
Total Cost 2,456,300.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Concept Approved
01 Dec 1992
Project Approved for Implementation
Project closed
01 Sep 1997