Contact persons for Decision support tool: Daniela Horna, Jose Falck-Zepeda (IFPRI)
Contributors to this page: IFPRI, Washington (Daniela Horna, Melinda Smale); Bioversity International, Rome (Brigitte La Liberte); CIAT, Cali, Colombia (Arsenio Ciprian, Maritza Cuervo, Daniel Debouck, Roosevelt Escobar, Angela Marcela Hernandez, Graciela Mafla, Josefina Realpe Martinez, Luis Guillermo Santos, Orlando Toro); CIMMYT, Mexico (Victor Chavez, Bibiana Espinoza, Jonalyn Gumafelix, Thomas Payne, Marcial Rivas, Suketoshi Taba); ICRISAT, Patancheru, India (K.N. Reddy, V.G. Reddy, Dintyala Sastry, S. Singh, RP. Thakur, Hari D Upadhyaya); IITA, Nigeria (Ogundapo Ademola, Dominique Dumet, Victor Manyong); ILRI, Addis Ababa (Jean Hanson); Independent consultants (Victor Komerell, Bonwoo Koo); IRRI, Los Baños, Philippines (Socorro Almazan, Genevieve Mae Aquino, Patria Gonzales, Flora Guzman, Ruaraidh Sackville-Hamilton, Arvind Kumar, Charina Ocampo, Renato Reaño, Teresita Santos, Anthony Telosa, Miriam Telosa); AfricaRice, Cotonou, Benin (Ines Sanchez, Koichi Futakuchi).
Cost-effectiveness of collection management: Ex situ Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources in the CGIAR system
Through the participation in the GPG2 project the genebank from the CG system, SGRP and IFPRI have developed methods for assessing the costs and benefits of genebank operations. Since not all benefits associated with genebank operations can be estimated with certainty in quantitative terms, achieving cost-effectiveness (minimizing costs for a specific objective) is perhaps a more realistic goal than achieving efficiency (setting all marginal costs equal to all marginal returns). In consultation with genebank managers, a System-wide analysis has been undertaken to characterize the constraints, strategic choices and daily management decisions of genebank managers. A prototype methodology, including a computerized decision support tool has been developed and critiqued by System-wide genebank managers. Using the prototype tool, scenarios have been developed and hypotheses tested about the cost-effectiveness of integrating tasks and operations across the system.
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The decision support tool prototype (2 MB)
The decision support tool survey
The user guide
The final report (6.5 MB)
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