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Call for Proposals 2008

Submission of Project Proposals

Dear applicant,


I am pleased to inform you that following your application to the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, in response to the Call for Proposals 2008, your pre-proposal was screened by the Bureau of the Governing Body of the Treaty as one of the eligible pre-proposals. As a result of the screening, you are invited to submit a Project Proposal by 18 March, 2009.
Project Proposals must be submitted through the national authorities of a Contracting Party to the Treaty, i.e. through the National Focal Points or through the Permanent Representatives to FAO. See contact details of National Focal Points and Permanent Representatives to FAO in the attached information table.
Project Proposals must be submitted by the national authority to the Secretariat of the Treaty at Treaty-Fund@fao.org or by fax (39) 0657056347 and could be submitted in English, French or Spanish. Nevertheless, you are kindly requested to submit your Project Proposal in English, as far as possible.
A Panel of Experts designated by the Bureau in consultation with their Regions will review and rank the Project Proposals received by 18 March 2009 according to the selection criteria adopted by the Governing Body at its Second Session. Please find attached the selection criteria for your reference and further information.
Project Proposals will be appraised by the Bureau on the basis of recommendations made by the Panel of Experts. Project Proposals will be approved by the Bureau of the Governing Body on 31 May 2009 and the results will be notified to applicants within the following weeks.
I remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.


Shakeel Bhatti

Secretary

International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources

for Food and Agriculture

 
Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty

Call for Proposals 2008

PROJECT PROPOSAL FORM
Deadline for submissions: 18 March 2009
Project proposals should be submitted through the national authorities of a country that is a Contracting Party to the Treaty, i.e. through the National Focal Points or through the Permanent Representatives to FAO.
Project Proposals could be submitted in English, French or Spanish. Nevertheless, you are kindly requested to submit your Project Proposal in English, as far as possible.
For any further questions regarding the project proposal submission, please contact the Secretariat by e-mail at PGRFA-Treaty@fao.org or by phone +39 06 5705 3554.
I. CONTACT INFORMATION
Organization : Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development

Institute (MARDI)

Address : P.O Box 12301, General Post Office, 50774

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

Telephone : +603-89437391/7585

Fax : +603-89487639

Country : Malaysia

Web page : www.mardi.gov.my
Contact Person

Mr  Mrs  Ms 

Name : Mohd. Nor Faizal Last name : Ghazalli

Position : Research Officer (Q41) in Plant Taxonomy and Plant

Anatomy.

Address : P.O Box 12301, General Post Office, 50774

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia.

P.O. Box : 12031

Country : Malaysia

Telephone : +603-89437391/7585

Fax : +603-89387639

E-mail : mnfaizal@mardi.gov.my
II. INFORMATION ON THE ORGANIZATION
A. BACKGROUND

Outline any previous work done by the organization and its links to this application. Please provide some information about the rationale behind the project proposal.
The use of Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) is confined to crops listed in Annex 1 of the PGRFA Treaty. In the Treaty documentation, only the scientific names (genera and family) are listed with some accompanied by vernacular names. We anticipate some stakeholders would have some difficulty in recognizing some of the crops without the supporting images and basic description of the crops. Apart from this, there will also be a problem related to the language use in the document.
Therefore, Malaysia has decided to enhance the usefulness of Annex 1 list by producing a pictorial version of the list with some basic description written for each species in both English and the native Malay language. To accomplish this, some fund is needed in collecting information from both primary and secondary sources, to do image taking, writing, editing, and making information available on-line to the stakeholders (national, regional and international).
The first draft of this publication was presented during a meeting among national stakeholders in MARDI in November 2008.The first draft serves as a prototype for further improvement with an addition of a brief botanical science description.
Rationale behind this project proposal:
The previous edition of Annex I of PGRFA-Treaty only listed according to their main genera and scientific names. There will be some difficulty in recognizing some of the listed crops without the supporting images and basic description of the crops. Apart from this, there will also be problem related to the language use in the document. So, there should be an effort to publish a book accommodating photographs and a brief botanical description of the food crops, legume forages and grass forages species of the listed plants under Annex I classification.
B. ORGANIZATION
i) Please select from the following options to show the nature of the organization
Government 

A farmer, farming community or farmers' association 

Non Governmental Organization 

Gene bank or ex situ collection of PGRFA 

Science, research & academic sector 

Private Sector 



A regional or international organization 
ii) Describe the organization’s mandate, organisational structure, funding, and capacity to administer small scale projects (organizational and financial documents may be provided as attachments)
As a premier agricultural research organization in the country, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) carry out scientific, technical, economic and social research on production, utilization and processing of all crops, livestock and food crops (except rubber, oil palm and cocoa). It has been mandated to lead research in the management, exploration and utilization of the nation vast agrobiodiversity resources.
The Strategic Resource Research Centre is one of the four main research divisions of MARDI and through the division of Biological Resource Management and Utilisation Program, mandate has been given for it to implement research and development related to the conservation and sustainable utilization of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in Malaysia.
Since the last two years, the institute has become the national focal point of the Treaty and efforts are currently on-going to implement the Treaty in phases. The priority at the moment is to implement articles related to the Multi-lateral System of the Treaty, the use of SMTA and putting in place procedures necessary to implement article on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS).
Agrobiodiversity research in MARDI falls under a number of thrust areas encompassing three major components namely plants, arthropods and microrganisms. The major thrust areas of research and their specific achievements are as follows:


  • Inventorization (e.g. – underutilised fruit species, medicinal plants, vegetables, rice)

  • Ethnobotanical studies (e.g. surveys and gathering of information for many medicinal plants in the eastern part of Peninsular Malaysia)

  • Conservation of genetic resources (e.g. current collections include 11,500 accessions of rice, over 1,050 accessions of major fruits etc.)

  • Identification of potential plant species (e.g. superior accessions for kuini (Mangifera odorata) and binjai (Mangifera caesia) selected and peria pantai (Colubrina asiatica) , bebuas (Premna cordifolia) and gajus (Anacardium occidentale) identified for commercial plantings of ulam)

  • Genetic enhancement of germplasm (particularly crosses between cultivated rice Oryza sativa and wild rice O. rufipogon were performed with the aim of transferring the yield genes from wild rice)

  • Utilization of arthropods (e.g. potential of cricket species as protein source for animal feed, as parasitoids on cabbage insect pests)

  • Utilization of microbes (e.g. using Exserohilum monoceras as fungal pathogen to control rumput sambau in rice fields, bacterial antagonists against rice bacterial pathogens)

  • Food bioprocess technologies ( e.g. starter cultures, probiotic products.)

The Biological Resources Management and Utilization Programme had been conducted collaborative project at regional level funded by International funds as follows:




  • NISM – “Establishment of the National Information Sharing Mechanism (NISM) On the Implementation Of The Global Plan Action For the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization Of Plant Genetic Resources For Food and Agriculture In Malaysia”.

  • Conservation and Use of Native Tropical Fruit Species Biodiversity In Asia”. 2000-2003 (ADB Fund) USD$40,000. – (Bioversity International and MARDI)

  • Conservation and Use of Rare Tropical Fruit Species Diversity With Potential For Enhanced Use in Malaysia” . 2006-2009. CGIAR Fund USD$66,000.00 (Bioversity International and MARDI).

  • AVRDC Fund –“Collection, Characterization and Utilization of Indigenous Vegetables of Malaysia”. Site Noorzuraini Abdul Rahman and Dr. Mohd. Shukor Nordin – (USD$34,000)

iii) Indicate if a Board or a specific steering committee has been appointed to oversee the development of this project. Yes/No (If Yes please provide details)


Yes. A working committee with a task of developing the Pictorial Guide of Listed Crops and Forages under ANNEX I classification was formed starting from 2008.
III. PROJECT DESCRIPTION
A. PROJECT TITLE
Developing a Pictorial Guide of ANNEX I Crops of International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
B. DURATION OF THE PROJECT

Start of the project (month/year) - July 2009

End of the project (month/year) - July 2011.
C. SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT

Please provide a brief summery of the project identifying the objectives and activities.


The main objective of this project proposal is to publish a book entitled “A Pictorial Guide of Annex I Crops Listed Under International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture”. ANNEX 1 list consists of PGRFA which is grouped into food crops, legume forages and grass forages. There were 35 genera of food crops, 15 genera of legume forages and 12 genera of grass forages, with 2 other genera classified as other forages that covered under Annex I classification.
A brief botanical description of the plants will be included to enhance public knowledge. In addition, photographs of the crops and forages will be included together with the text. The book will be published in a bilingual version – in English and Malay version. This edition will be made accessible through Malaysia Treaty website.

D. PROJECT OBJECTIVE(S), ACTIVITIES AND OUTPUTS

OBJECTIVES





  • To document a brief botanical description of the listed crops under Annex I classification with emphasis given on locally existing species.

    • To compile an illustrative information regarding the food crops, grass forages and legume forages; mainly for Malaysian and neighbouring SEA countries species.

  • To publish both English and Malay versions of the improved Annex I list.

  • To make the information accessible on-line through Malaysian Treaty Web Site for use by the stakeholders.


ACTIVITIES


  • To organize a meeting and discussions among plant taxonomists, plant breeders and MARDI officers to get information or input for this project proposal.

  • To prepare a brief botanical account for the crops under Annex I in English and Malay.

  • To take photographs of the food crops and forages listed under Annex I classification.

  • To write, edit and publish both the English and Malay versions of the pictorial guide.

  • To make the pictorial version of Annex I list of crops available online through Malaysian Treaty Web Site.




Objective 1

To document a brief botanical description of the listed crops under Annex I classification in English and Malay.




Activities

Project outputs

Milestones and indicators

Due date


1.1

To prepare a brief botanical account for the crops under Annex I classification.



The basic botanical information of the food crops and selected forages listed in Annex I compiled.

A basic botanical documentation of listed food crops and forages created.

June 2010


Objective 2

To compile an illustrative information regarding the food crops, grass forages and legume forages; mainly for Malaysian and neighbouring SEA countries species.




Activities

Project outputs

Milestones and indicators

Due date


2.1.

To take photographs of the crops in Annex I classification.



Photographs of the crops and forages in Annex I classification gathered.

All photography of all crops and forages in Annex I classification compiled.

March 2010



Objective 3

To prepare and publish the bi-lingual (Malay and English) new version of the Annex 1 Crops for use as guidelines in implementing the use of SMTA in Malaysia.




Activities

Project outputs

Milestones and indicators

Due date


3.1

To write and edit the first draft of the book.




First draft of Pictorial Guide of ANNEX I Crops of International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

.

First draft of Pictorial Guide of ANNEX I Crops of International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture ready.

January 2011

3.2

To write and edit final draft and submit for printing.



Final draft ready for printing.

Printing phase of the book completed.

April 2011

3.3

Publication ready for launching.



Bi-lingual publications launched.

Bi-lingual publications launched.

June 2011


Objective 4

To make the information accessible on-line through Malaysian Treaty Web Site for use by the stakeholders.




Activities

Project outputs

Milestones and indicators

Due date


4.1

Putting the pictorial guide into Treaty Website.



Information from the publication accessible through Malaysian Treaty Web Site.

Information from the Malaysian Treaty Website can be used by our stakeholders.

July 2011



E. MONITORING

Identify who will be the person responsible for the reporting of the project as well as for monitoring the project progress and its impact assessment according to concrete milestones and indicators.
A project leader will be responsible to prepare the project report. The report will be submitted to Deputy Director for evaluation, correction and editing prior to submit it to Director, through him, the report will be finally submitted to ITPGRFA secretariat. Publication of the both will follow the existing procedure currently in place at MARDI.
F. TEAM COMPOSITION AND CAPACITY
Give information regarding the team composition. Please specify briefly their discipline and background and identify if the project foresees the use of available local expertise.


Team Member

Background

Task

  1. Mohd. Nor Faizal bin Ghazalli (Project Leader)

Plant Taxonomist and Plant Anatomist.

Main author in this project; also in this book publication compilation.

Also to prepare write up of the food crops and the compilation works of the complete publication.



  1. Dr. Salma bte. Idris

Plant Taxonomist

Main advisor in this project; mainly in plant taxonomic aspect.

  1. Mr. Mohd. Najib bin Mohd. Amin

Pasture productions

Preparation of the write up for forages.

  1. Dr. Mohd. Shukor bin Nordin

Plant Genetic Resources Management.

Main advisor in plant genetic resources field and also in monitoring publication

  1. Mr. Azuan bin Amron

Agrobiodiversity

Handling in plant morphology photography sections and also brief write-up in this publication.

  1. Mr. Muhammad Shafie bin Md. Sah

Plant Genetic Resource Management

Preparation of write up on vegetables.

  1. Mr. Zulhairil bin Ariffin

Plant Molecular Geneticist.

To make accesibility of this publication through Malaysian Treaty Website.



G. CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS DEVELOPMENT Maximum 500 words

i) Describe the potential contribution of the project to economic development


The use of SMTA is confined to crops listed in Annex 1 of the Treaty. Through the treaty, countries agree to establish an efficient, effective and transparent system to facilitate access to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture; and to share the benefits in a fair and equitable way. The system is known as Multilateral System (MLS) that applied to Annex I crops.
Therefore, Malaysia has decided to enhance and improve the usefulness of Annex 1 list by producing a pictorial version of the list with some basic botanical description written for each species in both English and the native Malay language. With the knowledge gain from this publication; the plant conservation programme and public awareness in plant genetic resources management especially for crops and forages listed in Annex I should be increased. This publication also will provide additional informations in this conservation arena as it targeting public society and students; also stakeholders which involved in SMTA procedures.
ii) Specify with an X if the project contributes to:
* eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 

* ensure environmental sustainability 


H.RELEVANCE TO NATIONAL OR REGIONAL PLANS AND PROGRAMMES

Explain the relevance of the project to the country’s or region’s priorities in its plans and programs for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
The main agenda for this project proposal is to publish a book entitled “A Pictorial Guide of Listed Crops Listed under International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture”. There are 3 major sections of these part ANNEX 1 consisting of food crops, legumes forages and grass forages, which form important crops of food security in the future. This book will enhance public knowledge especially student and public who do not have any basic knowledge on plants and the listed crops under ANNEX I classification.
In addition, it is hoped that the food crops conservation program in our country will be enhanced; as it will improve our society awareness in food security and their conservation works. This project will help the public, especially those who involved directly or indirectly in genetic resources management and also the plant breeders.

I.CONTRIBUTION TO CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Please identify how the project contributes to the conservation and sustainable use, either of a specific crop or generally to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture
Basic information in the knowledge of plant science is to know the real physical and the morphology structures of the plant. There should be a photography or picture to ensure the public to know the specific plants in details. The compilation of this books ensures the public awareness and their knowledge about the listed crops in the Annex I list will be increased. Brief botanical information regarding the selected crops that included in this publication will also increase information about the listed food crops and forages; mainly for public interest. This will give add-on information on the selected crops rather than only a list of the genera and their species included.
With the knowledge gain from this publication; the conservation programme and public awareness in plant genetic resources management especially for crops and forages listed in Annex I should be increased.

J. PROJECT BUDGET

Benefit-sharing Fund budget:

i) Indicate the funds requested in USD from the Benefit-sharing Fund for each year of the duration of the project, providing details in the budget notes below. Overhead costs are excluded.






YEAR 1 (USD$)

YEAR 2 (USD$)

TOTAL(USD$)

1. Staff

5,000

5,000

10,000

2. Supplies

1,000

1,000

2,000

3. Services

4,000

2,000

6,000

4. Local travel

5,000

4,000

9,000

5. Equipment

5,000

3,000

8,000

Total

20,000

15,000

35,000














Descriptions:
List of the project trip(s)
8 to 10 project trips will be conducted in Malaysia to take photography and basic descriptions on the listed crops.
Staff numbers
Permanently collaborator (s) – 7 officers

Temporary staff (s) - 2 or 3 temporary staffs will be hired in addition to helping

in expedition trips, photography session, write-up parts and printing stage.
Equipment(s)


  • DSLR Camera – to ensures high quality images for the publications

# The equipment based on the future needs; so it is flexible and will be added during the project implementation.



Other contributions: Indicate the funds provided by the organization in USD for each year of the duration of the project, providing details in the budget notes below





YEAR 1 (USD$)

YEAR 2 (USD$)

TOTAL (USD$)

1. Personnel

1,500

1,500

3,000

2.Travel and Transportation

2,000

1,000

3,000

3.Publication Work.

1,000

1,000

2,000

4.Write-up and information compilations.

1,000

1,000

2,000

5. Printing work

2, 000

2,000

4,000

Add more rows as necessary
ii) Indicate if you have applied for co-funding from other sources or submitted this proposal to other funding sources? Yes / No (If Yes please provide details. Maximum 250 words)
- NO -


K. BENEFICIARIES

i) Please select who is (are) the immediate beneficiary (ies) of the project


Government 

Farmer, Farming Community, Farmer’s association 

Non Governmental Organization 

Gene bank or ex situ collection of PGRFA 

Science, research & academic sector 

Private sector 

A regional or international organization 
ii) Indicate how the results of the project will directly or indirectly reach the beneficiaries
The previous version of Annex I of PGRFA-Treaty only listed according to their main genera and scientific names. Anybody who works in genetic resources management should know the real crop on the listed plant. The benefits from this project will directly and indirectly accrue to the public and students awareness as well as to those which involving in the PGR research scheme in Malaysia, especially plant breeders and those who involved directly/indirectly in Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) procedures.
M. GEOGRAPHIC EXTENSION
The geographical designations employed and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. All countries which involved in this SMTA will gain benefits from this publication.
N. SUSTAINABILITY

Please indicate how the project would ensure sustainable activities and beneficial changes during and after its duration.
This publication provides useful information on morphological characteristics of each crops and forages as listed in the Annex I classification. The morphological illustration and basic botanical descriptions of each crop and forage will be useful for public, students and those involved in Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) as it will help them in recognising the listed species.
This publication should help in identification and characterisations of the food crops and forages classified in Annex I list of protected crops. The basic botanical information included in this publication will also enriching public knowledge in identifying and understanding those listed crops and species.

O. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Below is the prototype of the publications that had been presented during the pre-meeting seminar in MARDI among national stakeholders in November 2008.

A PICTORIAL GUIDE TO ANNEX 1 CROPS OF

INTERNATIONAL TREATY ON PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

(ITPGRFA)


Mohd. Nor Faizal Bin Hj. Ghazalli (Editor)

Zulhairil Ariffin, Muhammad Shafie Md. Sah,

Dr. Mohd. Shukor Nordin, Dr. Salma Idris,

Maya Izar Khaidizar, Azuan Amron

STRATEGIC RESOURCES RESEARCH CENTRE

BIORESOURCE MANAGEMENT & UTILIZATION PROGRAMME (SR01)

MARDI


ANNEX I
Grass Forages Category


Genus

Scientific name

Photo (s)

Andropogon

Andropogon gayanus








Andropogon sristatum





Agrostis

Agrostis stolonifera








Agrostis tenuis






Alopeceurus


Alopeucerus pratensis






Arrhenatherum

Arrhenatherum elatius





Dactylis

Dactylis glomerata



Festuca

Festuca arundinacea










Festuca ovina








Festuca gigantean








Festuca pratensis

NIL




Festuca rubra

NIL




Festuca heterophylla




Lolium

Lolium multiflorum








Lolium perenne








Loleum temulentum








Lolium pretense








Lolium hybridum




Phalaris

Phalaris aquatica








Phalaris arundinacea





Phleum

Phleum pretense






Poa

Poa annua








Poa alpine






Poa pratensis

NIL

Tripsacum

Tripsacum laxum






APPENDIX
IV. DISBURSEMENT
Please provide the following bank account information where payments must be made. This information must be provided in a separate page and become an Appendix of the Project Proposal.
IBAN Code : CIBB MY KL

Account number : 1215-0010297-05-4

Beneficiary : Director General MARDI

P.O Box 12301, MARDI Head Quarters

50774 Kuala Lumpur

Bank : CIMB Bank Bhd.

Branch : UPM Serdang

Address : CIMB, UPM Branch, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia



City and country : Serdang, Malaysia





http://www.planttreaty.org




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