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The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA or the Treaty) stands as a tool of governance of plant resources that is, ‘the genetic material of plant origin with effective or potential value for food and agriculture’ designed to respond at a global level to the objectives of economic solidarity and environmental sustainability. At first glance it could seem to be a matter between governments and farmers: in fact the Treaty, after stating in the Preamble that the contracting parties are convinced of the special nature of plant genetic resources, goes on to recognize that these resources are ‘the raw material indispensable for crop genetic improvement, whether by means of farmers’ selection, classical plant breeding or modern biotechnologies’, affirming that ‘the past, present and future contributions of farmers in all regions of the world, particularly those in centres of origin and diversity, in conserving, improving and making available these resources, is the basis of Farmers’ Rights’ (see Annex 3 of this book for details on the main provisions of the Treaty).
This is the second in a comprehensive series of educational modules on the International Treaty. Highlighting the importance of crop diversity for food security, it examines the provisions of the International Treaty dealing with conservation and sustainable use of crop diversity in detail and presents examples for their implementation. The lessons of Educational Module 2 provide technical aspects for learners with more of a political background in agriculture, and illustrate the legal framework of the International Treaty to learners that have more of a research and scientific background related to PGRFA. “Conservation and Sustainable Use under the International Treaty” has been produced under the coordination of the Secretariat through a participatory process involving international experts and stakeholders from all regions.
Tengo el honor de informar a las Partes Contratantes de la puesta en marcha por Bioversity International de un proyecto de fortalecimiento de las capacidades. El proyecto apoyará la investigación y el fortalecimiento de la capacidad de los países en las actividades relativas a la aplicación del Tratado Internacional, con un enfoque en temas de política relacionados con el Sistema Multilateral de Acceso y Distribución de Beneficios (SML).
J’ai l’honneur d’informer les Parties Contractantes du lancement du projet sus-référencé par Biodiversity International. Le projet supportera les activités de recherche et de renforcement de capacité des pays pour la mise en oeuvre du Traité international, en mettant en relief les questions politiques associées au Système multilatéral d’accès et partage des avantages.
I have the honour to inform Contracting Parties of the launching of the referenced capacity building project by Bioversity International. The project will support research and capacity strengthening activities in countries concerning the implementation of the International Treaty, with a focus on policy issues associated with the Multilateral system of access and benefit-sharing (MLS).
Proceedings of the CBDC's International Farmers' Technical Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 11 to 13 February 2004. The three-day activity was guided by three themes: 1) Conserving Agricultural Biodiversity; 2) Modes of Technology Transfer Towards Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation; 3) Initiatives to Protect Farmer Innovations and Agricultural Biodiversity, along the CBDC agenda items. The IFTC also included an agricultural biodiversity fair in the form of exhibits featuring among others: agricultural (and cultural) diversity in the regions and/ or countries, CBDC products (processed food or goods) from agricultural biodiversity, farmer inventions and innovations, impacts of CBDC in the region and/ or country, policy issues and concerns, and advocacy work of farmers and CBDC institutions . This document presents the proceedings of the three-day IFTC activity which is divided into the three themes and the technofora.
|Geneva, 14 June 2011-The Multilateral Environmental Agreements Information and Knowledge Management Initiative (MEA-IKM), launched today a harmonized information system to assist Parties and the environment community at large to access information from multiple agreements from one location. Supported by UNEP and FAO, the initiative currently includes 17 MEAs and other instruments from 12 Secretariats hosted by three UN organizations and IUCN. It is open to observers involved in MEA ...|