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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment...

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The Economics of Conserving Crop Genetic Resources Ex Situ in the Future Harvest Centres of CGIAR

By B Koo, International Food Policy Research Institute, (IFPRI), Washington D C, USA , P Pardey, Formerly of ISNAR, The Netherlands and currently at IFPRI, Washington DC, USA , B Wright, University of California, Berkeley, USA

October 2004 / Hardback / 232 Pages / 9780851998596 £70.00 / €90.00 / $135.00
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Main Description

The conservation of genetic resources is vital to the maintenance of biodiversity and to the world’s ability to feed its growing population. There are now more than a thousand genebanks worldwide involved in the ex situ (meaning “away from the source”) storage of particular classes of crops. Since the 1970s, the eleven genebanks maintained by the centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) have become pivotal to the global conservation effort. However, key policy and management issues – usually with economic dimensions – have largely been overlooked.This provided the impetus for a series of detailed economic studies, led by IFPRI, in collaboration with five CGIAR centres: CIAT (based in Colombia), CIMMYT (Mexico), ICARDA (Syria), ICRISAT (India) and IRRI (Philippines). This book reports these studies and discusses their wider implications.


Plant breeding and genetics, conservation, biodiversity and agricultural economics

Introduction, B Koo, P G Pardey, and B D Wright

The Economics of Genebank Costing, B Koo, P G Pardey, and B D Wright

CIMMYT Genebank, P G Pardey, B Koo, M Eric Van Dusen, University of California, Davis, USA, B Skovmand and S Taba, Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo (CIMMYT), Mexico, and B D Wright

ICARDA Genebank, B Koo, P G Pardey, J Valkoun, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Syria, and B D Wright

ICRISAT Genebank, B Koo, P G Pardey, N Kameswara Rao and P J Bramel, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India

IRRI Genebank, B Koo, P G Pardey, and M T Jackson, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Phillipines

CIAT Genebank, B Koo, P G Pardey, and D Debouck, Centro International de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), Columbia

Policy and Management Implications, B Koo, P G Pardey, and B D Wright
  • "This is a well written and produced book. It provides a very thorough review of the economics of crop genetic resources banking and is likely to be a source of statistics for those writing about this branch of plant conservation."
    Simon Linington, Oryx, July 2005

  • "This book represents invaluable research of interest to those working in crop conservation and plant breeding and genetics, as well as agricultural economics and policy."
    Educational Book Review, Jan-Feb 2005