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Plant Genetic Resources and Resilient Seed Systems for Sustainable Food Security

Wageningen University
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Increasing stresses on agricultural systems have resulted in an intensification of the use of natural resources for agricultural production. Many have risen concerns on the future of food and nutrition security, especially for smallholder farmers and their communities. The actual seed systems appear not sustainable if we are to feed more than 9 billion people in 2050. For agriculture to be sustainable, new approaches in seed systems ought to transit from conservation towards resilience.

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • Be familiar with contemporary approaches towards crop conservation and sustainable use of plant and genetic resource for food and agriculture (PGRFA) and resilient seed systems;
  • Be able to identify opportunities in your local context to integrate resilient seed systems and food security in implementation strategies;
  • Learn mechanism and procedure for acquiring (new) planting material;
  • Linking ex-situ conservation (seed conserved in a genebank) with on-farm management of PGRFA through a community seed bank, seed fairs, diversity blocks);
  • Designing a successful intervention for resilient seed systems and food security;
  • Learn about supportive policies and laws boosting seed systems towards resilience.

Fee information

Price 2022: EUR 4850 This covers the tuition of the course. Since this course is online, there are no costs for accommodation, insurance or travel. Scholarship is applicable

How to Register

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