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Capacity and Resource Development

Ensuring that plant diversity contributes fully to increasing food and nutrition security starts with and depends on effective genebanks — genebanks doing the right thing in the right way at the right time. Genebanks need to have the right equipment, up-to-date processes and procedures and well-trained staff. That is what this area of work aims to provide — the foundations for everything that follows in the project.

Under WP1, BOLD is working with 15 national genebanks in ­Africa, Asia and Latin America to strengthen their capacity to manage, document, conserve and back up the crop diversity that they hold. Building on this, the project is helping the genebanks make their collections available to farmers, plant breeders and others who can put them to use in productive, resilient production systems that enhance food and nutrition security.

This will be achieved by:

  • Upgrading facilities and equipment
  • Training staff on genebank operations and relevant policies
  • Implementing a quality management system

These activities will help ensure that the crop diversity held by the genebanks are securely conserved in long- and medium-term storage facilities, properly safety duplicated, adequately documented and available for use under the appropriate policy conditions in sufficient quantity and high quality.

In addition, this work, together with that on making new diversity available and seed systems, will help partner genebanks to increase the diversity of varietal options available to farmers by establishing and engaging user groups, involving farmers, farmers organizations, NGOs, extension services, breeders and researchers, and others involved in the systems farmers use to obtain seed for planting.

The Emergency Reserve Fund is managed as part of this work package.

Currently, 15 national genebanks are receiving resource and capacity strengthening:

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