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The strategic role of plant breeding in Uruguay: analysis through an agricultural innovation system framework

A report for the Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building










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    The improvement of crops through plant breeding is one of the most potent tools available for achieving multiple economic and social goals. Since the beginning of crop domestication, genetic change has been the basis for crop improvement, manifested in such traits as larger seed size, better flavour or nutrient content, resistance to pests and diseases, responsiveness to nutrient inputs, adaptation to diverse soil and climatic factors, and many others. This process of modifying the genetic attri butes of plants has continued for more than 10 000 years. During all but the past century, this process was solely in the hands of the growers who inadvertently changed gene frequencies through selecting better types and discarding less desirable ones.
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    Up-skilling human capital for value-chain competitiveness in Uruguay 2021
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    Investing in farmers - or agriculture human capital - is crucial to addressing challenges in our global agri-food systems, from sustainably feeding the world's growing population with food that is safe, healthy and nutritious to finding innovative solutions for more resilient and climate-smart agriculture. Up-skilling human capital for value-chain competitiveness in Uruguay was developed by the FAO Investment Centre and the World Bank, with the objective to identify ways to upskill human capital and make Uruguayan agricultural value-chains more competitive. This publication looks at opportunities to increase key value chain efficiency and at the skills that are required to seize such opportunities. It identifies ways to develop human capital through training agricultural professionals - including researchers, agronomists and technicians - to lead the next generation of technology and innovation-driven agribusinesses. It suggests options for fostering a process of continuous development and upskilling in the agricultural sector in Uruguay. This publication is part of the Country Investment Highlights series under the FAO Investment Centre's Knowledge for Investment (K4I) programme.
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    Plant breeding and seed systems for rice, vegetables, maize and pulses in Bangladesh
    A report for the Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building
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    This study on plant breeding and seed systems for rice, vegetables, maize and pulses in Bangladesh is an input to a six-country study of plant breeding and seed systems. Studies on three countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Malawi and Kenya), two in Asia (Bangladesh and Thailand) and one in Latin America (Uruguay) covered a range of experiences, income classes, sizes of system and dependence on global markets. Bangladesh has been included for the lessons learned and contrasts it presents with the other countries.

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