The Plant Resources of the World Fund (PROW Fund) supports the collection and dissemination of formal scientific knowledge as well as informal users knowledge, in the field of useful plant species, with the aim to improve the living conditions of poor people in developing countries.
The Plant Resources of the World Fund builds on the results of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) and PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia). The fund will make the knowledge available through searchable databases and publications. The web database PROTA4U is consulted world-wide, while the target groups in developing countries - often due to limited internet access – mostly use PROTA books and other publications. The fund also organizes training for libraries and other extension organisations in developing countries so they can make the information accessible in the most optimal way.
All publications are available in English and French.
The impact of your gift
With your gift, the fund can:
- make PROTA books available for organizations, particularly in tropical Africa;
- add descriptions of useful plants and make this information available.
The Board of Trustees of the Fund consists of:
- Dr. Roel Lemmens, staff member Biosystematics Group
- Dr. Martin Brink, staff member CGN
- Dr. Jan Siemonsma
In Botswana, the PROTA information has been used in the development of the curriculum of the Crop Science and Production Department of the Botswana College of Agriculture. In addition, 65% of the theses and dissertations in 2006/2007 covered knowledge gaps identified by PROTA in the "Prota recommends ..."-series. As a result, new knowledge has become available.
In Uganda a local NGO used the PROTA handbook on vegetables to create training materials. The aim of the project was to reduce nutritional deficiencies among poor families and provide a new source of income through the sale of vegetables. Mr. Robert Mwanika, farmer: "Vegetables have more than two harvests per year, which means we now have an income throughout the year. More income allows a more varied diet and therefore vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been reduced."
More than 8,000 students at Nigerian universities have had lectures and practicals based on PROTA books.