Enjoy the full (draft) report on the latest results of CENESTA activities in helping the Iranian Farmers in evaluating local landraces in a participatory mode. Thanks to ICARDA that provided them with access to its gene bank of 160 landraces of wheat and 160 landraces of barley.
The project has thus led to an increase interest in landraces and a greater appreciation for the crucial role of biodiversity in local livelihoods. Farmers were surprised by the range of diversity they saw in the landrace field.
25 Iranian provinces were involved in the exercise that contributed to create the first Farmers Seed Bank in Iran inaugurated in June 2011 attended by the Director of Agriculture and broadcast on national television.