SADC Plant Genetic Resource Centre Node
Located in Lusaka, Zambia, SPGRC has been entrusted and mandated with the conservation and evaluation for sustainable utilization of regional plant genetic resources for the present and future generations thus contributing to food security and improved livelihoods. It coordinates its activities through a network of National Plant Genetic Resources Centres (NPGRCs) established in each of SADC Member States since the 1990s.
To be the lead institution in the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources, thus contributing to the enhancement of food security and livelihoods in the SADC region
To mobilise, conserve and make available plant genetic resources using state-of-the-art technologies and standards, contributing to sustainable development, environment and food security for the well being of the people of SADC
To reduce plant genetic erosion and increase options of PGR and seed systems to enhance productivity
To promote generation of knowledge and exchange of information on plant genetic resources
To influence policy environment so as to improve access to and use of plant genetic resources in the region
To mobilize adequate financial resources for conservation and sustainable use of PGR in the SADC region
Achievements and Challenges
Though challenged by lack of adequate funds, low germplasm utilization and domestication of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), and outstanding construction of the biotechnology facility at SPGRC; the Centre has trained a number of network staff up to PhD level, collected over 45,000 germplasm samples from the region, implemented several projects in developing policies, strategies, provided equipment to NPGRCs, etc.
The Centre hosts the SANBio Regional Node for Plant Genetic Resources. In the SANBio Phase I project, SPGRC was funded and published regional policy guidelines for conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources, trained a network scientist in planning and policy management with emphasis on natural resources, acquired some facilities and strengthened network members' capacity in policy issues, project management and ICTs, among others.
Contact SPRGC Node:
Mr Barnabas Kapange (Cordinator)
Private Bag CH6 Lusaka Zambia