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Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of Underutilised Taro to Increase Food Security and Improve Livelihoods of Marginalised Communities Faced with Climate Change
Baseline survey and genetic identification, Indonesia
Date: October 2021
Data collection activities using baseline surveys were carried out by empowering local officers who were given previous training. In general, the response of farmers to the base line survey activity was very positive and they hoped for a follow-up to the activities that had been carried out.
During the survey, genetic identification was also carried out at the location (there are no local genotypes available in Sumatra). The survey was conducted in an oil palm plantation area with little land for food crops.

Farmer Field School (FFS) activities were also carried out by planting a trial plant of the 'Beneng' taro plant which is planted in areas under the auspices of oil palm and open land owned by farmers. Harvesting activities were carried out and the farmers are satisfied with these activities (FFS activities in Bogor, Kuningan, and Kefamenanu (NTT) were not carried out properly due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. FFS activities in Bondowoso (East Java) are carried out by planting on land owned by farmers and involving farmers in its management.

Bogor taro and Japanese taro were selected as collections that will be reproduced to be shared with partner countries.

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