Efficient Conservation Of Crop Genetic Diversity

Theoretical Approaches And Empirical Studies

  • Detlef Virchow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Introduction

  3. Theoretical Approach

  4. Empirical Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Sanjeev Saxena, Vikas Chandak, Shrabani B. Ghosh, Riya Sinha, Neeru Jain, Anil K. Gupta
      Pages 137-174
    3. Mosoti Andama, E. O. Wandera
      Pages 175-211
    4. Detlef Virchow, Murthi Anishetty
      Pages 231-247
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-249

About this book



The conservation of crop genetic resources is one of the important components in the effort to increase agricultural production in low-income countries in a sustainable manner and to guarantee long-term food security, especially for the low-income population groups in these countries. Without sufficient financial resources secured for the long term at national and international levels, the will to conserve crop genetic resources as expressed by all governments will only be paying lip service to the issue, thus threatening all conservation efforts. The articles in this publication contribute to the ongoing discussion about the costs of worldwide efforts to conserve crop genetic resources on the basis of theoretical and applied studies. Based on case studies in Columbia, India, Kenya and two genebanks of the CGIAR as well as some theoretical analysis, the publication aims to assist decision-makers at differents levels with information on the costs involved in the conservation of genetic resources. Thus, hightening the awareness of increasing the cost effectiveness of different conservation methods to sustain conservation efforts. These studies indicate in particular the need for sustainable financing of the conservation of crop genetic resources, an improvement of the cost effectiveness of the conservation activities and the establishment of a constant quality and cost monitoring process.


Conservation Developing Countries Development Policy Plant Production agriculture biodiversity development environment environmental economics natural resources plant production

Editors and affiliations

  • Detlef Virchow
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Development ResearchZEF BonnBonnGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-05501-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-05212-9
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