Back to basics – revisiting indigenous crops for nutritional security

SPGRC training participants

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Africa is the most diverse population of humans in the world in terms of genetics, language and culture. It is no secret that with the advert of modernity and the associated challenges with it, some of the solutions could be hidden deep in the culture of the people. Problems of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), climate change’s effects and the erosion of both the culture and germplasm that sustain these societies is under threat. It is also no secret that the food basket in both the rural and urban African population is getting smaller, resulting in unhealthy eating.

Training course on Plant Genetic Resources Management held in Lusaka

Group photo taken during the course

The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences, in partnership with the SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre (SPGRC) and with support from the BioFISA II Programme, is hosting a training course on Plant Genetic Resources Management in Lusaka, Zambia, from 7-12 August 2017.

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.