Saving Seeds: The Economics of Conserving Crop Genetic Resources Ex Situ in the Future Harvest Centres of CGIAR
Edited by B Koo, P G Pardey, B D Wright
Hardback 232 pp ISBN 9780851998596
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 a thousand genebanks worldwide involved in the ex situ (meaning
'away from the source') storage of particular classes of crops. Since the 1970s, the eleven genebanks maintained
by the centres 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.
- Is written by internationally recognized experts in their field
- Presents original research findings on a topical subject
- Provides a comprehensive overview of genebanks from an economic perspective
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.
Readership: Plant breeding and genetics, conservation, biodiversity and agricultural economics
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