Participatory Management of Plant Genetic Resources in Oases of the Maghreb

Project Summary

The project focuses on activities that will serve to broaden the number of date palm varieties that will be grown in-situ by comparison to baseline projections, rather than promote higher yields or an expansion of market demand, which are not incremental activities. Project activities are summarised as follows; (1) in-situ pre-screening to make more efficient the process of varietal selection for multiplication; (2) adapting techniques to multiply a greater range of date palm varieties; (3) develop alternative markets for date palm products and create value for a wide range of phenotypic characteristics and the incentive to grow more varieties in-situ; (4) develop national capacity to negotiate genetic property rights concerning win/win partnerships; and (5) replicate project best practices at other sites.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations; International Plant Genetic Resources InstituteMinistry of Agriculture in countries
GEF Project Manager


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
2,778,764 USD
Co-financing Total
3,500,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 6,278,764.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Concept Approved
30 Mar 1998
Project Approved for Implementation
09 Aug 1999
Project closed
31 May 2005