Plant Breeding and related Biotechnology Capacity assessments
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with several organizations, including the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR), national programmes, private sectors, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), has been assessing national plant breeding and biotechnology capacity worldwide. The main objective is to determine the needs and opportunities, providing a technical basis for defining capacity building options, and for shaping strategy and development policy to strengthen plant breeding in developing countries.
The mechanism to assess national capacity is based on a questionnaire designed through an expert consultation: Towards the Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources Food and Agriculture (PGRFA): Strengthening National Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Capacity , which was prepared for the Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture CGRFA (CGRFA/WG-PGR-2/03/2).
Click on Report of the Meeting
to view the contents of the consultation.
The national plant breeding survey questionnaire
is being used to gather information on plant breeding and related biotechnology capacity in terms of budget allocation and staff establishment between 1985 and 2005. Moreover, it requires information to be supplied on the crops addressed in national programmes and the extent of application of biotechnology to enhance plant breeding.
This version is the first release of the online database on the plant breeding and related biotechnology assessment (PBBC).
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