Capacity development for conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources for agricultural productivity, resilience and sustainable livelihoods in ECA

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Through a competitive grant scheme, ABCIC recently won the above project under ASARECA’s Eastern Africa Plant Genetic Resources Network (EAPGREN). This is a regional joint project of the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) of the following ASARECA member states: Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda. The project won by ABCIC is the regional component of EAPGREN. It will be coordinated by ABCIC and implemented over a period of four years in seven Eastern Africa countries (Burundi, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Sudan, Rwanda and Uganda). There are 15 institutions participating in its implementation including NGOs, Universities, National Agricultural Research Institutions and the private sector. The aim of the project is to enhance participatory gender-based approach to complementary conservation (ex situ and in situ) and sustainable utilization of several gene pools. These are two staple crops (sorghum and banana); indigenous vegetables African egg plant Solanum nigrum and Cowpeas (Vigna spp); two forages (Pueraria spp and Andropogon spp) and crop wild relatives of sorghum and cowpeas. In its implementation, the project will generate and upscale gender sensitive technologies, innovations and management practices (TIMPs) by employing novel technologies including genetic engineering, molecular markers, tissue culture/ in vitro techniques, genomics and bio-informatics, in addition to conventional approaches.