The workshop on using markets to promote the sustainable utilization of crop genetic resources was held by the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of FAO (ESA) at FAO headquarters on 4-6 April 2005.
The workshop builds upon a research program on agricultural markets and their relationship to farm level decisions on utilizing crop genetic resources initiated by ESA in 2004. The main goal of the research program is to assess how public policies affect the supply of crop genetic diversity in markets, and how variations in the supply affect farm level patterns of utilization.
The purpose of the workshop was to inform the research partners of the progress made on meeting the recommendations of the 2004 workshop, to develop the methodology further, and to move ahead with implementing the study. The 2005 workshop began with presentations and discussions on the key components of the conceptual framework and was followed by presentations outlining specific methodological problems.