Post Doc project: Assessing the contribution of diversified Musa genetic resources to poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and gender equality in rural communities

Published on 22 June 2010

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Start Date: 1 June 2007 | End Date: 30 June 2010


Funded by GTZ, this work aims to enhance the effectiveness of Bioversity International’s projects and partners as learning networks to target their plans and actions in helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including those related to environmental sustainability, poverty reduction, gender equality and sustainable development. Musa research strategies, plans and projects will focus more clearly on the achievement of MDGs based on the use of ex-post impact assessments.


Outputs and activities:

  • Study on the impact of the global conservation and distribution of clean Musa germplasm by the International Transit Centre (ITC) in Leuven, Belgium.
  • Study on the impact of worldwide testing of new Musa cultivars (International Musa testing Programme IMTP).
  • Study of impact of disseminating of new Musa cultivars contributed to rural development.
  • How can impact assessment be used to improve priority setting and delivery of improved Musa technologies?


Current status is as follows:

  • The impact study of the ITC has been published by Bioversity, showing the value of its Musa germplasm conservation and the distribution. Healthy germplasm distribution has enabled and facilitated a large body of research and played an important role in the implementation of banana-related development projects.
  • The study of Bioversity’s project- the rehabilitation and modernization of organic banana production for export on the livelihoods of small-scale farmers in Alto Beni, Bolivia (2002-2005) analysed its impact on small farmer livelihoods, articulating substantial positive changes.
  • A livelihoods study in Nicaragua found that the youth in Nicaraguan plantain producing communities have very positive perceptions of plantain production as basis for their livelihoods.

 Methodologies from the studies will be used for further studies.


It is planned to extend this grantwork into 2011


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