Human Resources Development

A key role of genebank managers is to foster human development. MAFF has various training programs to help upgrade the ability of its genetic resources staff in various fields, including statistics and data management.

In addition, MAFF scientists have been involved in training foreign scientists both in Japan and overseas in various aspects of crop germplasm conservation and research. One major training course held at NIAR in conjunction with JICA is the "Plant Genetic Resources Training Course". This training course has trained more than 140 students from over 30 countries over the past 16 years. This training course has been one way to build up lasting international linkages. One key aspect of the course is the hands on nature of the course, with each trainee conducting research in an area, and on germplasm, of their interest.

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