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8 April 2019

Open course: Contemporary approaches to genetic resources conservation and use

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Large-scale production and marketing of agricultural crops depend on a limited number of genetically uniform varieties that deliver uniform food products. With this approach becoming global, genetic diversity is endangered. This course provides state-of-the-art insight into various plant genetic resources management strategies and relevant policies.

In many parts of the world a relatively small number of high-yielding uniform scientifically bred crop varieties have replaced the many farmers’ varieties that were a feature of earlier times. This course is devoted to analyzing plant genetic resources policies and their impact on conservation and use. It aims to support policymakers and other stakeholders in implementing policies and developing appropriate management strategies.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • understand current perspectives, concepts and strategies regarding the conservation and use of genetic resources;
  • be able to apply genetic resources management strategies which covers aspect of gene bank management and on-farm management;
  • be familiar with the history and contents of international agreements, in particular the CBD, IT-PGRFA, WTO-TRIPS and UPOV;
  • be able to implement the International Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol, including the Treaty’s  Multilateral System, its Standard Material Transfer Agreement, the Funding Strategy and aspects of Farmers’ Rights.

Target audience

The course is designed for mid-career professionals working in policy, research, education or development areas. Participants may be employed by ministries, research institutes, universities, companies, NGOs or other organisations involved in plant genetic resources management. Applicants should have at least an MSc or equivalent in training and experience. At least three years of professional experience in a relevant field is required, as well as proficiency in English.

Deadline to apply is 25 February 2019, please find more information here. 


From 8 April 2019 to 26 April 2019


Wageningen International Congress Centre


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