Recovering biodiversity knowledge

G.W. Meijerink, H. Smolders, S. Sours, S. Pou

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    Abstract

    Cambodian¿s civil wars have seriously affected the country¿s agro-biodiversity and the farmers¿ traditional knowledge in this field. The PEDIGREA project aims at conserving on-farm agro-biodiversity conservation and in Cambodia it focuses on vegetable diversity. It tries to link the preservation of genetic diversity to markets. Using a FFS approach that includes participatory plant breeding, farmers are encouraged to select varieties, improve them through crossbreeding and store their seed. Strategies to improve farmers¿ marketing opportunities are also being developed. In one location, the result of the FFS has been the establishment of a farmer research group to produce and manage seed resources and diversity, as well as a marketing group to coordinate the pooling of vegetable production area and information. This way farmers have been encouraged to think not only of yield potential but also of marketing potential.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)24-25
    JournalLEISA : ILEIA newsletter for low-external-input and sustainable agriculture
    Volume21
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Keywords

    • biodiversity
    • species diversity
    • developing countries
    • knowledge
    • traditions
    • traditional farming
    • germplasm exchange
    • gene banks
    • market economics
    • cambodia
    • south east asia
    • agro-biodiversity

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