SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre (SPGRC)
1988, under the aegis of H-XD9682 - Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), as SADCC Regional Gene Bank – SADCC Banco Regional de Genes, as a 20-year joint Nordic development project with F-XF8187 - Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen). Subsequently, name changed to SADC Regional Gene Bank (SRGB) – SADC Banco Regional de Genes, known also as Regional Gene Bank for Plant Genetic Resources. Present name adopted in Oct 1993. Second phase (1994-1997); 3rd phase (1999-2003); 4th phase (2003-2007); 5th phase (2008-2013). Now fully integrated within the Food Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) Directorate of F-XF2522 - Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Promote and coordinate a regional network for plant genetic resources management through national centres of SADC Member States; train specialists; develop national plant genetic resource management programmes; prevent erosion and loss of regional genetic resources through collection and preservation efforts.
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Organized under SADC Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Directorate. Board, comprising Chairman and 15 members representing each SADC member state. Institutional building in Zambia houses Administrative and Financial Sections, 3 Technical Sections, Gene Bank, herbarium and field gene bank, and is expected to include a biotechnology laboratory.
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