Last updated: 19/09/2014

Capacity building Workshops for the Strengthening of the Capacities of the National Programs on Plant Genetic Resources in Latin America

The secretariat from the International Treaty organized the first Technical Workshop to strengthen the capacity of the National Programs on Plant Genetic Resources in Latin America (CAPFITOGEN), which  took  place in Bogota, Colombia, from 19 to 22 March 2013. The Second workshop will be held in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil), during the second week of May 2014.  The deadline for the pre-registration is 24 March 2014.  Read the Notification with the announcement.

This first Workshop contributed to improve skills and capacity of the technical staff in the area of conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. The workshop promoted the use and adoption of several data management tools adapted to the needs of the national programs of this region. Additionally, the workshop gathered information on needs to further develop new tools within the framework of the Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources referred to in the Article 17 of the International Treaty.

This activity was part of an initiative funded by Spanish Government and was organized with the support of the National Plant Genetic Resources Centre of the Spanish National Institute for Agriculture and Food Research and Technology (CRF-INIA), the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the King Juan Carlos University and the National University of Colombia.

The workshop, that was conducted in Spanish, gathered more than 20 participants from the region and a group of 20 experts and researchers from Colombia.

Thanks to the generous contribution of Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Secretariat funded travel and accommodation expenses for all the international participants.

- Text of the Notification for the second workshop

- Programme of the second workshop, 13-16 May 2014, Brazil (Spanish)

-Pre-registration form (Spanish)

- Poster of the first workshop