Crop breeding for climate resilience
  • Time: 13:00 - 14:30
  • Date: Wednesday 27 January 2021
  • Location: Online
  • Interval:
  • Cost: Free event
  • Type: Lectures and seminars
  • Open to: General public

Leeds researchers Dr Stephen Whitfield and Dr Sarah Chapman will present analysis from GCRF-AFRICAP work on characterising current efforts to breed climate resilient crops in southern Africa.

Targeting resilience to climate change within seed systems is an area of key investment in contributing to food security in southern Africa, and it presents a variety of challenges and opportunities.

In our first free webinar of 2021, University of Leeds researchers Dr Stephen Whitfield and Dr Sarah Chapman will present analysis from work undertaken within the GCRF-AFRICAP programme on characterising current efforts to breed climate resilient crops in southern Africa. They will consider and demonstrate some of the potential applications of climate models in informing breeding priorities and strategies, and discuss some of the principles of pitfalls associated.

Following the presentation, discussant Justify Shava (Head of the SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre) will provide a response from the practitioner's perspective, situating the GCRF-AFRICAP research within the broader context of African seed systems and climate resilience. The event will close with a Q&A period.

This seminar is hosted by the GCRF-AFRICAP programme in partnership with the Global Food and Environment Institute, University of Leeds. For more GCRF-AFRICAP seminars on food systems and climate resilience in sub-Saharan Africa, visit https://africap.info.

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