Impact and impact pathways

Food security and poverty alleviation

The efficient and integrated implementation of this project will guarantee a transparent and accountable system for the identification and documentation of PGRFA. This in turn will enhance the operation of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-Sharing. It will put in place a mechanism that will directly support plant breeders, crop scientists and other interested stakeholders to access added-value information associated the individual accessions they are working on. It will reduce research time and will help to sum up effort at international level. It will also have a medium term impact on level of funding associated with the development of new varieties and with the conservation activities.

breeders have to access the diverse genetic resources in order to improve productivity, sustainability and resilience of crop varieties and agricultural systems, which in turn will strengthen food security and alleviate poverty in rural areas. They will be able to get quicker access to existing characterization and evaluation information across different databases in an automated way.

Adaptation to climate change and environmental sustainability

As rice breeders access diverse genetic resources with clear genetic background, their chance of effectively and efficiently developing rice varieties tolerance adverse effects of climate change are also increased; hence it will enhance resilience and adaptation to climate change. The establishment of cutting edge technologies to the assignation of Permanent Unique Identifiers, will be also the first and necessary step to facilitate the application of other advancements in the information science to plant breeding and conservation, like the crop ontologies.

After the first phase of development and adoption of PUIs the institutions will be able to integrate these activities in their daily operations. The coordination of activities with the Treaty Secretariat will facilitate the sustainability of the central infrastructure, in conjunction with other services already in place. This approach will also facilitate the long-term maintenance of the infrastructure required at low cost as it could be shared by the PGRFA community.

Scientific impact

The project will trigger the improvement of rice information systems and will facilitate the appropriate and quality-controlled sharing of information of such data. The adoption of unique percent unique identifier will further empower genomic and phenomic research, functional gene discovery and improve of pre-breeding as well as rice breedingprograms.

Capacity development and empowerment

The participating countries will benefited by this project through increasing knowledge of their breeder, rice scientist and information technologies expert. The project will also improved management of gene bank accessions and rice genetic resources management as a whole. The Initiative will also establish partnerships with international institutions with capacity to deliver training in this domain as well as the provision of services adapted to the rice community. The strengthening of the capacity will also go beyond the genebanks manager, the PGRFA curators, the bioinformaticians, and the plant breeders. It will also strengthen the capacity of the involved organizations at corporate level as the benefits of the proposed technology will create links between datasets maintained bay different units and departments within the same organization and across the borders.

Posted on Jan 01, 2018