Genetic Resource Policies for the Poor


Source: 2007 Amanda King

BioConserv is a web-based bibliography developed by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in collaboration with Bioversity International. It is a unique collection of literature that reflects the emerging interest of applied economists in plant and livestock biodiversity. BioConserv focuses on three major thematic categories addressed in the literature:

  1. Biodiversity of crops and plants
    * In-situ crops (on farm)
    * Ex-situ crops and crop relatives (banks and breeding programs)
    * Medicinal and pharmaceutical plants
  2. Animal genetic resources conservation and sustainable use
  3. Biodiversity measurements

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BioConserv emerged from a 2003 workshop convened by Bioversity International for the System-wide Genetic Resources Programme (SGRP) of the CGIAR on “Managing Agricultural Biodiversity for Sustainable Development,” hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya and from a commissioned paper assessing the status of valuation methods for crop and livestock components of agricultural biodiversity with particular emphasis on developing agricultural economies. The paper, which included a thematic bibliography of related literature, is now a chapter in a book. See Smale, M., and A. Drucker, 2007, Agricultural development and the diversity of crop and livestock genetic resources: A review of the economics literature. In Biodiversity economics: Principles, methods and applications, ed. A. Kontoleon, U. Pascual, and T. Swanson. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

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