Bottlenecks in the PGRFA use system: stakeholders’ perspectives

Shelagh Kell, Mario Marino, Nigel Maxted

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Abstract

An essential component of efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change on crop production and food security is the production of new varieties of crops which can thrive in more extreme, changeable and uncertain environmental conditions. Humankind is therefore dependent on the continual availability of a wide pool of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) to sustain our food and economic security, yet despite the vast pool of resources that exists, we face significant hurdles in mobilizing them for effective and sustainable use. The Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (the Treaty) has recognized the pivotal role of sustainable use of PGRFA in addressing global challenges—including climate change adaptation, food security and biodiversity loss—and the need to assist countries in designing measures to promote the sustainable use of PGRFA. A global survey was conducted by the Secretariat of the Treaty to gather the views and needs of PGRFA stakeholders, the results of which have allowed a clearer understanding of the ‘bottlenecks’ in the PGRFA use system and a deeper comprehension of the constraints and needs regarding the implementation of the sustainable use provisions of the Treaty. In particular, there is a critical need to address: (a) limitations regarding policy in support of sustainable use activities; (b) capacity building needs in all areas of the PGRFA sustainable use spectrum; and (c) access to plant genetic material and associated information.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuphytica
Volume213
Issue number8
Early online date11 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • genetic resources
  • plant genetic resources for food and agriculture
  • sustainable use
  • climate change adaptation
  • food security
  • International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
  • PGRFA stakeholders
  • stakeholder survey

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