The NEPAD-SANBio Secretariat and the BioFISA II team visited the SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre (SPGRC)

The NEPAD-SANBio Secretariat and the BioFISA II team visited the SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre (SPGRC)

The NEPAD-SANBio Secretariat and the BioFISA II team visited the SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre (SPGRC) Node in Zambia on October 19th 2015. The Node is the regional hub of all plant genetic material for the region and was established in 1989 through the support provided by a number of Nordic countries. To date the SPGRC has coordinated all regional plant resources material and developed a seed gene bank for the region. They work with a network of National Plant Genetic Resources Centres and receive support from SADC member states/countries. The SPGRC was selected as a NEPAD-SANBio Network Node in 2008 and developed plant genetic resources policy guidelines for the region.  The work done at this Node is crucial for the sustainability of our nations, particularly in relation to food security in the region. For more information on the node, see http://www.spgrc.org.zm/