Caribbean Plant Genetic Resources Network gets started
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CTA. 1998. Caribbean Plant Genetic Resources Network gets started. Spore 78. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Caribbean Plant Genetic Resources Network (PGRN) Contact: Paul Campton Executive Secretary PROCICARIBE c/o CARDI fax: + 1 868 645 37 73 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Caribbean Agricultural Science and Technology System (PROCICARIBE) reports the establishment of the Caribbean Plant Genetic Resources Network (PGRN) which has three goals. Firstly, to establish links, through strategic alliances and partnerships, between the considerable resources within the Pan Caribbean region; to develop intellectual property and innovation, opening the way to product development and the entry of new products on to the markets; thirdly, to promote the participation of private sector organisations with the idea that this will encourage effectiveness and financial sustainability. The first meeting of the PGRN was held 7 - 8 September 1998 in Barbados. It was sponsored by CTA, IPGRI (International Plant Genetic Resources Institute), IICA (Inter-American Institute for Co-operation in Agriculture), UWI (University of the West Indies) and CARDI, which acts as CTA's Branch Office for the Caribbean region. The keynote paper presented by the IPGRI representative dealt with management of plant genetic resources in the Caribbean, and had co-authors from PROCICARIBE and the IICA. Options for PGRN structure, possible network activities and the role of international agricultural research were discussed. During the meeting, a small group of participants was charged with the responsibility of developing network priorities and a workplan to be submitted to the steering committee for approval. The working group is expected to complete its tasks by April 1999; shortly thereafter the 2nd meeting of the Caribbean PGRN will be convened. Contact: Paul Campton Executive Secretary PROCICARIBE c/o CARDI fax: + 1 868 645 37 73 Email: email@example.com