MSRI Public Lecture, Bishkek: Seed Systems of Gorno-Badakhshan: Actors and Patterns of Innovation Processes

Date: 27 September 2018
September 27th 2018, 11:00 am
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Sebastian Kussmann
MSc Student, Plant Breeding
Wageningen University

The Pamirs is one of the largest mountainous regions in Central Asia, with a harsh environment and complex agricultural production systems. Cultivation of crops, especially legumes and cereals, is possible due to a rich local agrobiodiversity: Varieties, which are adapted to local growing conditions, fulfilling the needs of the local population. Within the changing agricultural production systems in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) during the last decades, diverse actors and institutions were involved in seed sourcing and selection. This caused continuous changes of variety composition and quality, as well as overall changes of local agrobiodiversity. In the presentation, preliminary results of the research about functioning and resilience of local seed systems in GBAO will be presented, followed by a discussion about the role of agrobiodiversity in future agricultural development strategies in GBAO.

Sebastian Kussmann holds a BSc in Organic Agriculture from Kassel University (Germany) and University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan). He was involved in agricultural projects in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. Before starting an MSc in Plant Breeding at Wageningen University, he worked as an assistant breeder in a private institute for organic-cereal-breeding in Germany.

University of Central Asia
3rd Floor Conference Room
138 Toktogul Street
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

The presentation will be conducted in English. 

Please RSVP to with your name and affiliation. 

* Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.
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