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5. africats presentation 2010 ksonder

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    • Reaching out to farmers, agronomists and plant breeders with spatially efficient, participatory testing networks Glenn Hyman, Pierre Sibiry Traore, Kai Sonder, Juan Arista, Jawoo Koo The Africa Trial Sites Catalogue
    • “ The poor performance of public institutions in disseminating improved varieties to small-scale farmers is broadly accepted, and there is an urgent need to design and test new institutional arrangements …..” World Bank Development Report 2007
        • Cultivar testing is a key element in the process of delivering varieties to farmers
        • Multi Environment Trials (MET) and GxE analysis have a rich history going back 100+ years
        • Trial networks for the cereal crops have been especially effective in the past
      • A solution to improve efficiency of breeding programs through better availability and exchange of information:
      • Create an interactive website that allows breeders, researchers, extensionists and other people interested in improving crops and getting better access to them to look for information on trial sites and cultivar evaluations.
      • Tools allow to identify those sites in Africa that are most similar to ones place of interest or work
      • Provide location specific data (climate, edaphic, contact) for all trial sites
      • Provide access to results from evaluation trials
      • Provide contact info and links to online seed ordering services from genebanks
    • 300 + crop evaluation sites are currently represented in AFRICATS
    • Basic agroclimatic and edaphic data available for all stations
    • Homologue layers for all sites show representativeness of sites
    • Homologue tool compares any station with all others
    • And gives list of 10 most similar stations to point of interest
    • Links to breeding programs and gene banks
    • Partners can enter new stations and data as well as edit existing ones
    • Africats incorporates the Generation Challenge Program’s drought timing tool Supports trial site planning for cultivars tolerant to drought Includes water balance model implemented in Fortran (Peter Jones), Google maps, and ArcGIS server.
    • Africats incorporates tools developed for the HarvestChoice project (Jawoo Koo) Supports queries of climate data from the Worldclim database
      • Tool for identifying important crops around a trial site
      • Uses the IFPRI SPAM model
      • user-defined radius of the
        • buffer area
      • Google maps
      • ArcGIS Server
      • CIAT secured new funding from the climate change challenge program (courtesy of Andy Jarvis)
      • New crops: will engage other CGIAR centers not yet involved
      • Expansion to Latin America and Asia (will build identical sites)
      • We’ll hire a dedicated application/Web developer (as opposed to a student intern)
      • Andy Farrow will lead side meeting in the coming days