Normal view MARC view ISBD view

Evaluating capacity development of the plant genetic resources center in Bunso, Ghana

By: Bennett Lartey, S | Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo (CIMMYT), Mexico DF (Mexico) | International Conference on Impacts of Agricultural Research and Development San José (Costa Rica) 4-7 Feb 2002.
Contributor(s): Vodouhe, R [coaut.] | Watts, J [coaut.] | Watson, D.J [ed.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookAnalytics: Show analyticsPublisher: Mexico, DF (Mexico) CIMMYT : 2003Description: p. 98.ISBN: 970-648-104-4.Subject(s): Germplasm conservation | Ghana | Human resources | Plant genetics and breeding | CIMMYT | Genetic resources | Research institutions AGROVOC | Agricultural research AGROVOCDDC classification: 338.91 Summary: This study addressed two themes. First, the development of capacity within the Plant Genetic Resources Center (PGRC), Ghana, to conserve, evaluate, and utilize Ghana's plant genetic resources. Second, the capacity building contributions made to PGRC's development by the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) and the Genetic Resources Network of West and Central Africa (GRENEWECA). The study aimed to (1) analyze the development of PGRC capacity in human resources and conservations facilities/methods; (2) illustrate and leam from the capacity development experiences of Ghana, to develop other national programs throughout West and Central Africa; and (3) promote the analysis of and improve evaluation skills in capacity development. The evaluation analyzed data from 1980-1999, a time of major growth and change.||An organizational capacity development model developed by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) served as the theoretical basis for the study. This model defines capacity development as the ability of an organization to meet its goals on a sustainable basis and consists of three inter-related components, namely, motivation within the organization, resources and equipment, and the external environment. Capacity development indicators were developed from an international agreement (The Global Plan of Action for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, or GPA), which provides a comprehensive framework for priority areas within which capacity must be built.||The case study approach was used for analysis, with a strong emphasis on self-assessment by the organizations involved. Multiple methods were used, including self-assessment workshops for PGRC staff groups and stakeholders and for GRENEWECA steering committee members, interviews of IPGRI senior managers and high-level Ghanaian officials, a personal history of the head of the PGRC, a survey of IPGRI staff, and a review of archival records from all three organizations.||The results demonstrated that capacity has been developed within the PGRC in many areas, namely, staff number and qualifications, budget allocation, and operational autonomy. This led to an increased number of germplasm accessions conserved and the development of programs to promote the use of conserved germplasm for research and in farmers' fields. IPGRI and GRENEWECA have made significant contributions in the areas of training, infrastructure, information services, and more recently, policy and awareness raising. A major strength of IPGRI's contribution has been the continuity of involvement over a prolonged time period. The study also found that contributions to capacity building have been made by other organizations; for example, bilateral donors. The PGRC has also benefited from a strong network of supporters within Ghana, including other research institutions and universities, who are partners in the work of germplasm conservation and use. The study also identified institutional weaknesses in PGRC, GRENEWECA and IPGRI. These related to a lack of vision, policy and a strategy for capacity development. Building a capacity development culture into the organizations has been identified as a priority.Collection: CIMMYT Publications Collection
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
    average rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Item type Current location Collection Call number Copy number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
Conference proceedings CIMMYT Knowledge Center: John Woolston Library

Lic. Jose Juan Caballero Flores

 

CIMMYT Publications Collection 338.91 WAT (Browse shelf) 1 Available 2H632147
Total holds: 0

This study addressed two themes. First, the development of capacity within the Plant Genetic Resources Center (PGRC), Ghana, to conserve, evaluate, and utilize Ghana's plant genetic resources. Second, the capacity building contributions made to PGRC's development by the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) and the Genetic Resources Network of West and Central Africa (GRENEWECA). The study aimed to (1) analyze the development of PGRC capacity in human resources and conservations facilities/methods; (2) illustrate and leam from the capacity development experiences of Ghana, to develop other national programs throughout West and Central Africa; and (3) promote the analysis of and improve evaluation skills in capacity development. The evaluation analyzed data from 1980-1999, a time of major growth and change.||An organizational capacity development model developed by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) served as the theoretical basis for the study. This model defines capacity development as the ability of an organization to meet its goals on a sustainable basis and consists of three inter-related components, namely, motivation within the organization, resources and equipment, and the external environment. Capacity development indicators were developed from an international agreement (The Global Plan of Action for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, or GPA), which provides a comprehensive framework for priority areas within which capacity must be built.||The case study approach was used for analysis, with a strong emphasis on self-assessment by the organizations involved. Multiple methods were used, including self-assessment workshops for PGRC staff groups and stakeholders and for GRENEWECA steering committee members, interviews of IPGRI senior managers and high-level Ghanaian officials, a personal history of the head of the PGRC, a survey of IPGRI staff, and a review of archival records from all three organizations.||The results demonstrated that capacity has been developed within the PGRC in many areas, namely, staff number and qualifications, budget allocation, and operational autonomy. This led to an increased number of germplasm accessions conserved and the development of programs to promote the use of conserved germplasm for research and in farmers' fields. IPGRI and GRENEWECA have made significant contributions in the areas of training, infrastructure, information services, and more recently, policy and awareness raising. A major strength of IPGRI's contribution has been the continuity of involvement over a prolonged time period. The study also found that contributions to capacity building have been made by other organizations; for example, bilateral donors. The PGRC has also benefited from a strong network of supporters within Ghana, including other research institutions and universities, who are partners in the work of germplasm conservation and use. The study also identified institutional weaknesses in PGRC, GRENEWECA and IPGRI. These related to a lack of vision, policy and a strategy for capacity development. Building a capacity development culture into the organizations has been identified as a priority.

English

0310|AGRIS 0301|AL-Economics Program|R01PROCE

Juan Carlos Mendieta

CIMMYT Publications Collection

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.
baner

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) © Copyright 2015. Carretera México-Veracruz. Km. 45, El Batán, Texcoco, México, C.P. 56237.
Monday –Friday 9:00 am. 17:00 pm. If you have any question, please contact us at CIMMYT-Knowledge-Center@cgiar.org

Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT) © Copyright 2015. Carretera México-Veracruz. Km. 45, El Batán, Texcoco, México, C.P. 56237.
Lunes –Viernes 9:00 am. 17:00 pm. Si tiene cualquier pregunta, contáctenos a CIMMYT-Knowledge-Center@cgiar.org