Between 9-14 December 2012, CFFRC held a series of international workshops on three of the six CFFRC programmes. Hosted at the Marriot Hotel, Putrajaya with the support of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), these workshops brought together leading international researchers from Asia, Europe and Africa with expertise in a wide range of disciplines including:
- geo-spatial studies
- social sciences and marketing
Discussions focussed on research which would make it possible for underutilised crops to make a greater contribution to food, fuel and materials security in the coming decades. The Workshops resulted in the identification of a number of joint projects. Some of these are now being incorporated into CFFRCPlus Scholarships while others have been included in national and international funding applications.
The CropBase programme involves the development of a web-based platform for decision support and knowledge sharing about
underutilised crops that will enable different user groups to access information and share expertise. The workshop brought researchers
together to develop a leading edge web architecture that couples geospatial information and crop/trait characteristics through a
common web platform.
Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L) Verdc)is a drought tolerant native African legume which is grown in sub-Saharan Africa,
South East Asia and elsewhere. The BamYield workshop brought together researchers from across the world actively involved in collaborative research focussing on the bambara groundnut to review current work and develop multi-national grant applications to follow up on pump priming activities.
BiomassPlus is a CFFRC programme designed to support Malaysia Biomass Initiatives (MBI) with novel crops and technologies. The BiomassPlus workshop brought together research and development stakeholders from the public and private sectors to produce a coherent strategy for the development of an underutilised crop based biomass industry.