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SOLIBAM - Symposium
ESAC’s Auditorium, April 10th , 2013 in Coimbra, Portugal
During more than a quarter of century Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB) reveal its driving force across cooperation among breeders, farmers, consumers and other stakeholders. PPB was able to create methodologies, interact with biodiversity, on-farm conservation, local traditional systems and local knowledge. PPB targets such as: marginal areas adaptation, food security, climate change, biodiversity conservation and local heritage, continues to be of great importance towards sustainability and systems resilience.
The program will include some lectures of pioneers on PPB, experiences among the ECPGR WG On-farm conservation network and the results achieved by SOLIBAM (Strategies for Organic and Low-input Integrated Breeding and Management Collaborative Project (large-scale integrating project) FP7 2010 - 2015 .
In 1984, Silas Pêgo as director of a maize breeding public company, started PPB in Portugal with VASO project. Initially he wanted to create an alternative project for small farmers who wanted to keep their genetic resources for local needs adapted to marginal locations. Around the world this initiatives showed to be of great value improving the day life of farmers, granting traditions, genetic resources conservation on farm, and providing the material for resistance to pest and diseases so as climate changes.
The participatory approach connecting farmers with scientists and stakeholders is more than needed today. Monthly in Portugal almost 240 young Portuguese’s establish themselves as farmers. This Symposium intends to be an inspiration for farmers, scientists and stakeholders. Awareness of genetic resources, breeding and local products on a frame of rural and economic development is more needed than ever.
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Farm days will act as the main tool for the dissemination of project outcomes among farmer communities in each country. They will be held separately in each country twice per year, to enable breeders, farmers, extension services and researchers involved in WPs to share the skills, information, and knowledge generated with neighboring (nonparticipating) farmers.
Farmer days will be used also to distribute booklets from the project and other material from the stakeholder congresses among a large number of farmers, and as a space for discussion of the project results and related topics with farmers.
ITAB will be responsible for the overall coordination of farmer days, selecting the major breeding and agronomic topics that should be discussed and the booklets and materials that should be distributed. National partners will be responsible for the organisation and implementation of farmer days in their country – they will develop a programme of activities, make a list of farmers and breeders to be invited (both participating and nonparticipating in the project), and define logistic arrangements. National partners will also report the outcomes of each farmer day to AIAB for the SOLIBAM newsletters and the website.
Farm days in Italy (June 2010)
SOLIBAM knowledge and technology development in breeding, multiplication and dissemination of crop varieties adapted to low-input agriculture will be conducted with the participation of African partners. (Mali and Ethiopia)
Innovative participatory approaches to technology development, transfer and dissemination (TDTD) will be used for this purpose, including participatory plant breeding (PPB), participatory development of management practices, and associated training. These dissemination will enlarge the public already involved in WP6. These activities will be coordinated by ICARDA, which is a pioneer with extensive experience in PPB in developing countries, in collaboration with CNOP, MU (partners of SOLIBAM) and bodies that that are active in agricultural TDTD: a) national research centres and universities, b) other international and regional organisations (FAO, Bioversity, WARDA, IITA, ICRISAT, ICRAF), local NGOs (e.g. CARE and Prolinnova), and farmers’ associations (e.g. ROPPA). Where they exist, the project will make use of Farmer Field School (FFS) networks and facilities, a group-based participatory learning process used by several governments, NGOs and international agencies, initially to promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and later extended to other agricultural research aspects to promote farmer-to-farmer transmission of information to accelerate the diffusion of innovations.
The project will feed scientific and technological outcomes into existing scientific networks, like the Genetic Resources Network for West and Central Africa (GRENEWECA), the East African Plant Genetic Resources Network (EAPGREN) and the ROCARIZ’s Technology Transfer Task Force, and political networks like the Food Security and Food Policy Information Portal for Africa (FSIP) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).
Each year during the project meeting involved partners will develop the list of TDTD activities and present the major outcomes of the year before.
Project full title
Strategies for Organic and Low-input Integrated Breeding and Management
(large-scale integrating project)
FP7 2010 - 2014
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