We will train a group of curators and technicians from eight SADC (Southern African Development Community) countries the next week (13-16th April 2015) in Pretoria, South Africa. Training will be focused on some CAPFITOGEN tools useful to carry out predictive characterization (FIGS_R) and representativeness analysis (Representa). We will also introduce briefly the new in situ tool Complementa. Another part of the workshop, that will be led by Chikelue Mba (FAO), is about pre-breeding aspects.
This regional training workshop is organized by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (South Africa), Bioversity International (Italy) and the University of Birmingham (UK) as an element of the project “Enhancing the link between in situ conservation and use of crop wild relatives (CWR) in the SADC region to underpin regional food security and mitigate predicted adverse impact of climate change“.
We are very pleased to expand CAPFITOGEN technology to other regions in the world beyond Latin America and provide support to National Programs on PGR from developing countries.