2016 Course on genetic resources conservation and use

You can now apply for fellowships for the training programme ‘Contemporary approaches to genetic resources conservation and use:  Plant genetic resources strategies and policies’, Wageningen, the Netherlands (04  – 22 April 2016). Deadline for fellowship application from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme is: October 20, 2015.

In many parts of the world a relatively small number of high-yielding uniform crop varieties have replaced the many farmers’ varieties. Various participatory programmes have been developed to support farmers in maintaining genetic diversity in their fields. Gene banks have been established to conserve genetic diversity, and to study and use the properties contained in their collections. Building on these components, this course is devoted to analysing plant genetic resources management strategies and policies and their impact on conservation and use. It further aims to support policymakers and other stakeholders in the implementation of International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (IT-PGRFA).

The training focuses on the following major three blocks:

  • Contemporary concepts and strategies regarding the conservation and use of plant genetic resources; , participatory plant breeding methods, the role of documentation, and the opportunities for biotechnology applications.
  • Genetic resource policy and management strategies. The history and contents of international agreements, in particular the CBD, IT-PGRFA, the WTO-TRIPS and UPOV, and the new Nagoya Protocol.
  • Implementation of International Treaty with emphasis on Multilateral System, the interpretations and role of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement, the Funding Strategy and aspects of Farmers Rights.

Deadline for fellowship application from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme is: October 20, 2015 through Fellowships for Short Courses in the ATLAS register. Please take note of the changed procedure (you no longer have to visit the nearest Netherlands Embassy to apply), which is now done online. The online registration may take some time; please consult the CDI application procedures, and visit the FAQs section. Simultaneously apply online at CDI; the procedure is explained in the links above.

For more information: Abishkar Subedi, PhD, Course coordinator, Senior advisor, Genetic Resources and Seed Systems, Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR, the Netherlands. E-mail abishkar.subedi@wur.nl

See: https://grpi2.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/the-international-treaty-in-the-classroom/

The International Treaty in the classroom

“Now, after the course, I feel like I know a lot about agricultural policies and laws. That will be very useful for me in my work back home.” (A course participant during the evaluation session on May 3, 2013)

Photo: Ronnie Vernooy

Photo: Ronnie Vernooy

From April 15-May 3, 2013, 27 professionals from 21 countries took part in the international course Contemporary approaches to genetic resources conservation and use organized by the Centre for Development Innovation of Wageningen University and Research Centre. During three weeks, they learned about and debated the merits of in situ and ex situ conservation strategies, conventional and participatory plant breeding approaches, practices of sustainable use and, notably, the relevance and impact of policies on conservation and use of plant genetic resources. Continue reading