Farmer participation maximizes research impacts

August 15, 2011 at 6:17 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Access and benefit sharing: the end-of-project meeting focused on how to scale out project results

A 3-year project on ‘Access and benefit sharing from genetic resources and traditional knowledge’, implemented jointly by ICARDA and Jordan’s National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE), has been completed. The project focused on farmer-participatory methods to identify, test and disseminate new crop varieties. An end-of-project meeting held in Amman on 5 July helped outline plans to build on the results achieved. The workshop brought together researchers, extension agents and farmers to share experiences, identify the lessons learnt, and plan how best to scale out the results.

Dr Faisal Awawdeh, NCARE Director General, said Jordanian agencies were committed to the participatory approach, and would continue the work of the project. Farmers felt the project was unique because it allowed them to select varieties best suited to their needs and circumstances. The discussions highlighted the need to strengthen seed delivery systems, to sustain the gains made by the project. Locally adapted, drought-tolerant varieties selected through the project must now be disseminated more widely, using a combination of formal and informal channels.

At the workshop, ICARDA scientists Drs Salvatore Ceccarelli and Stefania Grando, who helped lead the project, were presented with the NCARE shield to honor their contributions to agricultural development in Jordan.

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