Course on Plant Genetic Resources Management

The training course is aimed at improving knowledge, understanding and skills in the general conservation and management of plant genetic resources in 15 countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) namely: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The genetic resources conservation is coordinated by the SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre (SPGRC), based in Zambia that facilitated the establishment of genebanking facilities for the conservation and use of threatened crops, Crop Wild Relatives and other wild useful plants.

The technical staff for the national genebanks; particularly new comers, are faced with specialized equipment and require a good understanding of genebanking standards that are conforming to the global specialized technologies for the maintenance of viable material in genebanks. The training will also assist the region to apply uniform genebanking standards.

The course is designed to meet the day-to-day processing and management of plant genetic resources in line with the global conservation standards as provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Participants will be equipped with knowledge and skills relating to the collection, conservation methods, characterisation, documentation, distribution and utilization of plant genetic resources.

The participants will be sensitized on other international instruments that are regulating and guiding the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (International Treaty, Nagoya Protocol, and the Global Plan of Action).

The course will take place at the SANBio SPGRC node on 7-11 August 2017.