Plant Genetic Resources are the biological basis for food security which directly or indirectly supports livelihoods of rural majority in Kenya. The conservation, characterization, evaluation and sustainable utilization of the country’s plant genetic resources can contribute significantly in alleviating food insecurity, increasing resilience of agricultural production systems and enhancement of economic development.
In this regard a project inception workshop has been jointly organized by the African Biodiversity Conservation and Innovations Centre (ABCIC), the Crop Genetic Resources Institute of the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization and the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA). The purpose of the workshop is to launch Phase II of the Eastern Africa Plant Genetic Resources Network (EAPGREN) project entitled, “Capacity development for sustainable plant genetic resources conservation and utilization in eastern Africa”.
The workshop will be held on the 12th – 14th November 2014 at the KALRO Headquarters, Loresho, Nairobi. The workshop’s main objective is to raise the profile of plant genetic resources and bring together key stakeholders to discuss pertinent issues and partnerships as well as identification of potential institutional roles and responsibilities in implementation of the project. Participants will include government ministries and departments, agricultural and environmental research institutions, international research organizations, Universities, non-governmental organizations, farmers and policy makers (more information will follow after the workshop).