Southern Africa Crop Wild Relative Regional Network

UK Government - Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra); Darwin Initiative - Round 25
University of Birmingham; Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Plant Genetic Resources Centre; National Plant Genetic Resources Centre, Tropical Pesticides Research Institute(TPRI) ,Tanzania; Malawi Plant Genetic Resources Centre; Zambia Agricultu
(1) Establish strategic partnership and networks of protected areas for in situ conservation of CWR and use; (2) Design mechanisms to enhance the benefits of farmers from conserving CWR; (3) Increase access to CWR germplasm; (4) Build gendered capacity in southern Africa on in situ conservation and use of CWR

Valuable traits within crop wild relatives (CWR) are needed to enhance present and future food security for 130 million poor people in southern Africa. Yet CWR are poorly conserved, are threatened, barely accessible to breeders, and generate few benefits for farmers. The project will establish strategic partnerships/networks of protected areas for CWR conservation and use; design mechanisms to enhance the benefits farmers from conserving CWR; increase access to germplasm, and build gendered capacity, underpinning southern-African food security and poverty reduction.

HQ of the Initiative: 
Rome, Italy
2019 to 2022
Is the timeframe likely to be extended?: 
Thematic Focus: 
Agriculture, CC adaptation/mitigation, NR Protect & Mgt
1st Contact Name: 
Ehsan Dulloo
1st Contact Email: 
2nd Contact Name: 
Roberta Castellani
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