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A strategic action plan for Mesoamerica’s plant genetic resources


In 2012, Bioversity International scientists brought together a wide range of partners and stakeholders to develop a ‘Strategic Action Plan’ to strengthen the conservation and use of plant genetic resources in Mesoamerica for climate change adaptation.


In order to develop the plan, scientists first wanted to have a better understanding of the current status of plant genetic resources in the region. This was done by collating information on ten designated crops from crop databases as well as carrying out surveys with various farming communities.

Researchers also identified relevant policies and initiatives to take into account while developing the plan’s framework, and created maps to visualize the potential effects of climate change on the distribution of crops and their wild relatives, from now until 2050.


A First Stakeholders’ Consultation was then held in Guatemala to bring together different actors important for the design and implementation of the plan. This included more than 70 participants from nine countries representing several branches of government, academia, international and regional organizations, civil society and farmers. The meeting provided a much needed space for different sectors to interact with each other, understand each other’s perspectives and roles, set priorities, and develop concrete actions to help the conservation and use of plant genetic resources in Mesoamerica.


This work is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and is supported by the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.



Photo: Women and children dehusking maize in the village of Quilinco, Guatemala - Credit: Bioversity International/ M. Ramirez