FAO Calls for Information on Underutilized Bioenergy Crops

Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building August 2008: The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB), a platform and partnership of public, private and civil society institutions hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the FAO Inter-Departmental Working Group on Bioenergy, has called for expanded, up-to-date information on genetic resources and breeding of selected underutilized species, together with detailed analysis of their potential as bioenergy crops adaptable to sustainable smallholder production systems.

Letters of Intention may be submitted to GIPB by 1 September 2008. The information will also support the development of a guide on genetic resource assessment and use, which will help ongoing efforts directed at enhancing the potential of underutilized bioenergy crops for smallholder producers. These information resources will help bridge the knowledge gap and assist stakeholders to improve their ability to resolve

constraints relating to genetic diversity characterization and utilization. [The call: Harnessing the potential of selected underutilized bioenergy crops]