by Kehali Dereje ~ November 14th, 2017

Seed Selection conducts by farmers in terms of their benefits.

Mr. Tesfaye Weldesemayat, ”Strengthening cultivar diversity of barley and durum wheat to manage climate related risks and foster productivity in marginal areas of Ethiopia” project coordinator said Out of the 17 subdivisions of barley varieties from five regions, farmers have participated in race analysis and selection that can help to adapt climate change and increase productivity.

He also noted that selection was made from 200 accessions for barley and 50 for durum wheat from the gene bank at EBI.

According to him, the farmers will select the varieties based on their own preference and use-related experience. Then after representatives sets of Ethiopian barely and durum wheat germplasm will be selected, added Mr. Tesfaye.

Mr.Tesfaye underscored that the farmer’s indigenous knowledge on the varieties is a shine light on the selection.

He further pointed out that molecular characterization will be conducted on the varieties. 

Awareness Raising Training on Community Seed Bank conducts at Eastern Welega Zone.

by Kehali Dereje ~ September 26th, 2017

Awareness Raising Training on Community Seed Bank conducts at Eastern Welega Zone.

Awareness Raising Training is given to Community Seed Bank members at Eastern Welega Zone, Leka Dulecha.

On the occasion, Mr. Wubeshet Teshome, On-farm Conservation and Community Seed Bank Case Team coordinator at Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI), said various types of crop varieties that are produced in the Leka Dulecha area are on the verge of extinction.

Therefore, due attention should be given to for the rehabilitation of indigenous varieties, he emphasized.

By conducting survey on the species, the varieties would be given to the farmers to cultivate them from the central gene bank, Mr. Wubeshet mentioned.

This will be used to replace lost species and use them sustainably.

The Chairman of Leka Dulecha Community Seed Bank, Mr. Bore Chewaka , on his part said that Significant results have been found when the existing species planted as they are well-adapted and preferred.

Thus, it is therefore necessary to create favorable conditions for a variety of varieties to be accessed, he indicated.

According to chairman the desire of the local farmers to become a member of the seed bank has increased ever since,

The Leka Dulecha Community Seed Bank, established in 2008, now has 66 members, of whom 21 are women.

The training is designed to inspire the members to be actively involved in the sense of ownership.

23 Community Seed Banks are established in the country.

A New project on Nagoya Protocol Implementation has been launched.

by Kehali Dereje ~ August 8th, 2017

A New project on Nagoya Protocol Implementation has been launched.

Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks, and intuitional capacities to implement the Nagoya protocol ( The UNDP/ GEF Project), anew project that aims at assisting countries in the development and strengthening of their national ABS frameworks has been launched on July 26 2017, at Addis Ababa.

Mr. Abraham Assefa, Representative of General Director of Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute, noted that Ethiopia has become a member of Mega Diversity Countries in the world.

He also pointed out biological diversity is the base for economic prosperity and other aspects of human welfare at household and national level.

“The implementation of the basic measures of the Nagoya protocol in the participating countries will generate a wide range of monetary and non-monetary benefits for providers of genetic resources”, said Mr. Abraham.

This will help countries get all the benefits from their biodiversity through fulfilling the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), he indicated.

UNDP Regional Technical Adviser, Mr. Fouad Bergigui introduced the access and benefit sharing regime under the Nagoya protocol. And said that the project helps Nagoya protocol to be implement and assure the benefit sharing within the countries the provider of the genetic resources and the users.

As Mr Fouad explanation the project will be implemented for 3 years in 24 countries including Ethiopia. Legislative and institutional measures should be taken to implement the Nagoya protocol, He remarked.

Mr. Ashenafi Ayenew, Director, Genetic Resource Access and Benefit Sharing Directorate (EBI) on his part said, the project will strengthen the country institutional and legal framework.

Mr Ashenafi also said the project will also build trust between users and providers of genetic resources to facilitate the identification of biodiscovery efforts and strengthening the capacity of indigenous and local communities to contribute to the implementation of the Nagoya protocol.

The project supported by United National Development Program (UNDP) and Global Environmental Fund (GEF).


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