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 
CABI  October 2004  

Hardback  232 pp  ISBN 9780851998596      £65.00
This book
  • 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
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.

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


Introduction, B Koo, P G Pardey, and B D Wright
The Economics of Genebank Costing, B Koo, P G Pardey, and B D Wright
CIMMYT Genebank, P G Pardey, B Koo, M Eric Van Dusen, University of California, Davis, USA, B Skovmand and S Taba, Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo (CIMMYT), Mexico, and B D Wright
ICARDA Genebank, B Koo, P G Pardey, J Valkoun, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Syria, and B D Wright
ICRISAT Genebank, B Koo, P G Pardey, N Kameswara Rao and P J Bramel, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India
IRRI Genebank, B Koo, P G Pardey, and M T Jackson, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Phillipines
CIAT Genebank, B Koo, P G Pardey, and D Debouck, Centro International de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), Columbia
Policy and Management Implications, B Koo, P G Pardey, and B D Wright

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