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Dynamic conservation of genetic resources: Rematriating the maize landrace Jala

Vanessa Ocampo-Giraldo, Genebank Impact Fellow

Vanessa Ocampo-Giraldo studied Economics at the Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia, and completed her MSc in Life Science Economics and Policy at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. She was part of the Agricultural Production and Resource Economics Chair Group at TUM and worked on a project that focused on nutrition and agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. She was selected as one of the recipients of the Genebank Impacts Fellowship Program of the Crop Trust in 2018 to document the impacts of maize rematriation from CIMMYT to farmers in Mexico and the use of banana germplasm from Bioversity International in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Her professional interests include international agricultural development, sustainable development and food security, econometric impact assessment, and value chain analysis.

The Genebanks

The 11 CGIAR genebanks currently conserve 730,000 of cereals and grain legumes, forage crops, tree species, root and tuber crops, bananas and crop wild relatives.

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