The Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry launched the ten-year Namibian National Strategic Action Plan for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (NNSAP PGRFA) in Windhoek on Wednesday 17 August at a side event for the African Drought Conference.
Gobabeb Research and Training Centre coordinated the compilation of this blueprint to safeguard and scale-up the development of PGRFA in Namibia. The project was supported by the Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, through the UNDP and Ministry of Environment and Tourism. This strategic action plan is the first of its kind for Africa.
Employing a transdisciplinary approach, with a strong focus on capacity development of Namibian youth, Gobabeb engaged a diverse group of stakeholders to generate information to underpin this plan. The plan is visionary in its intent to marry scientific endeavour with traditional knowledge, and offers a robust framework for resourcing and executing its strategic activities that explicitly acknowledges the important role of small-scale farmers to ensure that Namibia will cope with the challenges of the future.
The document can be downloaded here