AFC supports the Global Crop Diversity Trust in implementing Project Activities in Africa
The Endowment Fund of the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) aims to empower national seed collections by safeguarding them in perpetuity, documenting and managing them appropriately for conservation and use, and promoting their use, as a basis for climate adaptation of vulnerable African cropping systems. The Seeds4Resilience Project - financed by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW – is supporting national seed collection centers in Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Ghana and Nigeria to be become qualified for this long-term support.
In this context, AFC will support GCDT’s project activities in Africa. With a contract over three years and a volume of 366.000 EUR, AFC will monitor and manage project activities with national partners, provide capacity-building measures, support procurement of new equipment, ensure timely delivery of project outputs, and ensure compliance of project partners with KfW requirements.
Thus, AFC will contribute to the expected outcomes of GCDT’s endeavor, namely:
- Increased number of seed samples in national seed collections available for distribution;
- Increased annual requests for seed samples from users successfully serviced;
- Two varieties or landraces identified for dissemination to farmers and traced back to seed samples from national seed collections.