The Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) region is the centre of genetic diversity of some of the world’s major food crops. However, this valuable diversity is under threat of genetic erosion. Local landraces are replaced by ‘improved’ varieties; population pressure, urbanization and environmental degradation through frequent droughts, overgrazing and desertification contribute to this process. The informal system, an indigenous knowledge based farmer managed crop production system, remains the main source of genetic resources and seeds for small-scale farmers. International conventions like CBD, ITPGRFA, and TRIPS call for concerted effort in the conservation of the unique biodiversity of this region and for new policy and regulatory regimes in germplasm exchange and use.
Three one-week workshops of the training programme address three areas in the conservation and use of plant genetic resources and seeds:
The full program announcement and application information can be found
The programme is organized in such a way that a one-week workshop can be regarded as an independent and comprehensive training. Alternatively, based on professional interests and institutional needs, participants can combine two or three workshops into a programme.
The deadline to submit applications is 15 September 2006.
The training programme is organized by:
For further information:
Lawickse Allee 11
P.O. Box 88
6700 AB Wageningen
Tel: +31 (0)317- 495247
Fax: +31 (0)317- 495395