Workshop: “Harnessing Plant Genetic Resources for Food Security in the Sahelian Region of West Africa” 13-14th December

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The workshop will bring together the key plant genetic resources stakeholders including farmers, farmer organizations, NGOs,  national plant genetic resources centers and gene  banks; regional PGR networks; CG Centres and development partners to discuss strategies for enhancing the use of plant genetic resources of the sahel region of west Africa in addressing food security concerns.

The major objective is to bring together key genetic resources stakeholders in West Africa to discuss strategies and action plans for enhancing the use of plant genetic resources in addressing food security concerns in Africa. The specific objectives are the following:

1. Assessment of status of collections of major agro biodiversity resources

2   Assess the challenges, gaps, needs and constraints  in using plant genetic resources to address food security concerns in West Africa, particularly the sahelian region.

3  To identify opportunities  and actions needed  for using plant genetic resources in combating food security constraints.

4  To develop strategies and action plans for building the capacity and strengthening of national institutions in the Sahel region.

5. To define priorities, strategies and concrete action plans for conservation and use of the major plant genetic resources to enhance food security for immediate implementation within the BB approach and framework of a) enhancing the use germplasm in active plant breeding programs b) improving conservation facilities and c) access of germplasm to users.

6. To make recommendations  of  action plans for incorporation into the African PGR strategy.

When: 13-14th December

Where: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Organized by: The proposed workshop is organized jointly by  the  Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)  and the African Biodiversity Conservation and Innovations Centre (ABCIC).