Webinar Wrap-up: Farmers’ Rights: How Complementarity between Researchers and Farmers Impact the Conservation of Genetic Diversity, Food Security and Livelihoods of the Poor



GFAR partners CGIAR, GODAN (Global Open Data Initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition) and Asociación Andes, through a GFAR Collective Action supported by GFAR Secretariat, organized on 19 September 2017 a second webinar on the topic of Farmers’ Rights. The webinar was an opportunity to exchange information and best practices on how researchers and smallholder farmers work together in a complementary way, to achieve the conservation of genetic diversity, food security and improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations. The interest in this topic was remarkable, with more than 160 people registered and 65 participating on-line.

Participants are aware that the formal and informal seed systems alone cannot achieve the conservation of genetic diversity, food security and improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations. Joint efforts and collective actions between researchers and smallholder farmers are needed. Trust, better communication skills and partnerships should be promoted and strengthened.

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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