Saving Seeds

The Economics of Conserving Crop Genetic Resources Ex Situ in the Future Harvest Centres of CGIAR

October 2004
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  • Published
    1st October 2004
  • ISBN 9780851998596
  • Language English
  • Pages 232 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"

The conservation of genetic resources is vital to the maintenance of biodiversity and to the world’s ability to feed its growing population. There are now more than 1,000 genebanks worldwide involved in the ex situ (meaning “away from the source”) storage of particular classes of crops. Since the 1970s, the 11 genebanks maintained by the centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) have become pivotal to the global conservation effort. However, key policy and management issues – usually with economic dimensions – have largely been overlooked.

This provided the impetus for a series of detailed economic studies, led by IFPRI, in collaboration with five CGIAR centres: CIAT (based in Colombia), CIMMYT (Mexico), ICARDA (Syria), ICRISAT (India) and IRRI (Philippines). This book reports these studies and discusses their wider implications.

Introduction, The Economics of Genebank Costing, CIMMYT Genebank, ICARDA Genebank, ICRISAT Genebank, IRRI Genebank, CIAT Genebank, Policy and Management Implications.

B  Koo

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P G  Pardey

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B D  Wright

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