Capacity building

Access to material is very important for all actors to be able to conserve and sustainably use genetic resources. However, in developing countries particularly it is also key that the tools and capacity (knowledge) to use such material are shared as well. Breeders in many European countries actively participate in activities of capacity building in various developing countries. 

Dal seme al cibo (from seed to food)

CEFA – Il seme della solidarietà (the seed of solidarity), located in Bologna, is a private committee involved in projects for the sustainable development in rural areas of third countries. A specific sector of activity of CEFA is the program called: “Dal seme al cibo (from seed to food)”.

Since the existence of the project there have been important Italian seed companies involved in this project who donated quantities of seeds to be sent abroad for cooperation projects in particular in Albania and Sudan.

 

Contact person for more information: Giovanni Beccari  g.beccari@cefaonlus.it

 

German-Ethiopian Seed Co-operation Project

Back in 2012, a co-operation between Germany and Ethiopia has been launched to improve the supply in seeds for local farmers and thereby also yields. The project has been planned for 15 years and is designed to address the following issues: sustainable use of plant genetic resources, practical plant breeding and supply of seeds of locally adapted, high-yielding autochthonous plant varieties for domestic Ethiopian demand. The project involves the education and continued training of Ethiopian plant breeders and farmers as well as the support of regional plant breeding projects.

In a first phase, the aim is to step up the abilities of public breeding organizations to breed high-performing locally adapted plant varieties. Furthermore, farmers will be trained for seed multiplication in order to improve the economic relations with individual farms. The farmers will be qualified for producing certified seed by yearly training courses.

In addition, a close co-operation has been established between the German gene bank, the Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Research (IPK) in Gatersleben and the Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute. This project module provides training for the Ethiopian gene bank staff in issues of preservation, characterization and evaluation of plant genetic resources to improve the usability of the plant genetic resources.

The cooperation project is co-financed by the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture as well as all member companies of GFP. In Ethiopia, the co-operation project is supervised by staff of the German Society for International Co-operation (GIZ).

 

Contact for more information:

Mike Bartels

Project Manager Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Hisham Complex (5th floor),

Kazanchis Area

P.O. Box 12631

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Phone: +251 115 516 313

Mobile: +251 911 202 642

Fax: +251 115 506 006

  E-mail: Mike.Bartels@giz.de

 

Dal seme al cibo (from seed to food)

CEFA – Il seme della solidarietà (the seed of solidarity), located in Bologna, is a private committee involved in projects for the sustainable development in rural areas of third countries.

A specific sector of activity of CEFA is the program called: “Dal seme al cibo (from seed to food)”.

Since the existence of the project there have been important Italian seed companies involved in this project who donated quantities of seeds to be sent abroad for cooperation projects in particular in Albania and Sudan.

 

Contact person for more information: Giovanni Beccari  g.beccari@cefaonlus.it

Dal seme al cibo (from seed to food)

CEFA – Il seme della solidarietà (the seed of solidarity), located in Bologna, is a private committee involved in projects for the sustainable development in rural areas of third countries.

A specific sector of activity of CEFA is the program called: “Dal seme al cibo (from seed to food)”.

Since the existence of the project there have been important Italian seed companies involved in this project who donated quantities of seeds to be sent abroad for cooperation projects in particular in Albania and Sudan.

 

Contact person for more information: Giovanni Beccari  g.beccari@cefaonlus.it

 

Development of varieties for Africa

Some Portuguese companies have been working with American breeders on the development of varieties (mainly vegetable species) adapted to the conditions of Portuguese speaking countries in Africa.

 

Contact person for more information: Joana Lopes Aleixo anseme@anseme.pt

 

“Amélioration des Plantes” (Improvement of Plants)

UFS, the French seed association, has started a partnership with the Master “Amélioration des Plantes” (Improvement of Plants) of La Salle Beauvais (technical academy for the education of engineers).

In the framework of this partnership companies, members of UFS, will develop collaboration with the future breeders graduating from this academy.

 

Contact person for more information: Jean-Paul Reynoird jean-paul.reynoird@lasalle-beauvais.fr

 

CIP International Potato Centre

Peru, a country that has cultivated potatoes for nearly 7,000 years, boasts on having over 4,500 varieties of the world’s favourite vegetable, the potato. This tuber comes in all shapes, colours and sizes. They aren’t just pretty to look at, but also hold up to 5 times as much vitamins, carotene, zinc and antioxidants as regular potatoes!

The remarkable traits of these native potatoes are a valuable source in developing more resilient and nutritious spuds. In fact they open up a whole new world of possibilities in fighting poverty, malnutrition and securing the world’s food supply. This is exactly what CIP International Potato Centre is striving for.

HZPC and CIP, together with national partners in Peru (Grupo Yanapai, INIA, SPDA) have started to work on a novel model to practically implement benefit sharing with custodian farmers.

The consortium of institutions wants to empower the farmers to organize and represent themselves, so they benefit maximum from a start-up fund made available by HZPC. To give this shape they helped them to initiate an association, which is now running a pilot with 43 custodian farmers. The farmers recently spend their first money on agricultural inputs, education and health care.

 

Contact person for more information: http://www.hzpc.com/contact-3

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SEVIA (Seeds of Expertise for the Vegetable Sector of Africa)

SEVIA is a project, initiated by Rijk Zwaan, East West and Wageningen University, supported by the Dutch government. SEVIA aims to contribute to the development of the vegetable industry in Africa and to food security, for example by developing and disseminating adapted technical innovations in order to enhance productivity and to increase farmers' income and by carrying out variety testing trials to identify well adapted varieties per region.

 

Contact person for more information: Heleen Bos h.bos@rijkzwaan.nl

 

Fair Planet

Fair Planet is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase food security and provide new economic opportunities for the millions stuck in poverty. Fair Planet is engaged in a unique and long-term technology transfer process: On the one hand, it is facilitating access of smallholder farmers to seed of the highest-quality vegetable varieties suitable for their needs. On the other hand, and at the same time, it is training the farmers to use these seeds with minimal changes to their traditional production practices. Trained farmers will gain the opportunity to grow and sell significant crop yields and will benefit from economic growth. Fair Planet's operation model aims to reach more than 50,000 rural households in 3 countries within 5 years, thus helping over 360,000 people to leave the poverty cycle.

Several seed companies (such as Limagrain Group, Enza Zaden, Syngenta, Bayer) participate in the project via providing access to existing high quality varieties and respective know-how. In return, the companies will benefit from a positive reputation, gain entrance to the African seed-market and help it grow. Eventually, they will gain access to new markets created through Fair Planet's activity.

Fair Planet has recently completed a pilot project in Ethiopia, in which high quality tomato varieties were compared to the local variety. The trials were conducted using agronomic practices that are accessible and affordable to local smallholder farmers. High quality varieties yielded more than 5 times the average national yield. The quality of the crop was better, with bigger fruits and longer shelf life, allowing higher pricing and increasing farmers' income. This project was financially supported by Enza Zaden.

In 2016 Bayer joined Fair Planet to provide access to high-quality vegetable seed varieties and know-how, essential to improve the economic growth of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia.  Nunhems ® tomato, hot pepper and onion seed range will be tested in variety and cultivation trials by selected smallholder farmers who will demonstrate advantages to other farmers in nearby villages and regions. Training provided to the farmers will show how to use these high-quality seeds with minimal changes to their traditional production practices. Trained farmers will have better prospects of growing and selling significant crop yields and will benefit from economic growth.

 

Contact regarding Bayer activities within Fair Planet: Holger Elfes holger.elfes@bayer.com

Project website: http://www.fairplanetseeds.com/

 

 

Germplasm Donation

In 2014, Monsanto Company donated breeding rights to 4 cotton lines to Institut de L’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA) which is the national research organization operating the national cotton breeding program in Burkina Faso.  The lines were donated to increase the genetic pool of the INERA breeding program.  

 

Contact: Roy Cantrell roy.cantrell@monsanto.com