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Communicating science to support conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity
A case study

H. de Chavez   Users’ Perspectives With Agricultural Research and Development-International Potato Center

D. Campilan   Users’ Perspectives With Agricultural Research and Development-International Potato Center

J. Gonsalves   Users’ Perspectives With Agricultural Research and Development-International Potato Center

J. Rivaca   Users’ Perspectives With Agricultural Research and Development-International Potato Center

To help bridge the gap between science and practice of conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity, a global partnership was launched in 2002. It sought to gather, distill, repackage and simplify technical information on conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity. The resulting output is a 675-page, 3 volume publication showcasing experiences in 33 developing countries. This sourcebook contains 75 articles and was based on the work of experts around the world including: policy makers, scientists, researchers, community workers, rural development activists and practitioners.

This project was mainly done electronically combined with a modified editors-artists writeshop, face-to-face working group meetings and an advisory group meeting.

The project built on and tapped the global pool of scientific knowledge in offering practical, field-tested concepts and methods, facilitated a collective effort among a wide range of institutional partners which includes the CGIAR centers, donors, NGOs and communitybased organizations in mobilizing resources and expertise toward greater utilization of research outputs and developed an innovative product. Ongoing monitoring and evaluation have indicated diverse uses of the sourcebook as information source for further dissemination and field application.

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