Biodiversity in agricultural systems is under pressure worldwide. The loss of
plant genetic resources and its
declining use in modern agriculture has generated much concern about the future vulnerability of agricultural
production and related pest and disease risks, food security and environmental stability. Various international conventions have addressed this topic; this has moved the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources to the top of the international development agenda.
The overall objective of the training programme is to enhance participants’
capabilities to deal with
contemporary issues in genetic resource management.
Relevant policies, participatory and market-oriented approaches receive special attention. The programme aims for participants and facilitators to exchange experiences and to explore practical applications for the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources in agriculture.
The Netherlands, May 21 – June 29, 2007