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Restoring Farmers' Seed Systems in Disaster Situations

International Workshop Proceedings (FAO Plant Production and Protection Paper)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy
Published: 15th May 1999
Dimensions: h 300mm
ISBN-10: 9251042799
ISBN-13: 9789251042793
Barcode No: 9789251042793
Planned conservation and utilization of local crop genetic resources is of prime importance for food security, as it permits small-scale farmers of developing countries to have permanent access to seed and planting material adapted to their region. Conservation of and access to these resources are most important in disaster-prone areas, as farmers in these regions often lose all of their seed stocks during disasters, either man-made or natural. Furthermore, disasters cause the loss of local varieties or genotypes, hence leading to the erosion of genetic diversity. This publication presents the report, case studies and background papers of a workshop held in Rome in November 1998. The purpose of the workshop was to develop strategies and mechanisms that would strengthen seed security in developing countries and regions in disaster-prone areas, thereby enabling a rapid and effective restoration of farmer seed systems to restore domestic food security following disasters.

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