Last updated: 19/12/2014

Training Resources

This page links to educational and training materials on the International Treaty. It facilitates the dissemination of resources for trainers, students, self-learners and other interested individuals and institutions alike.

The main audiences of these training resources include stakeholder groups of the International Treaty such as policy makers and their staff, civil servants, gene bank staff, plant breeders, farmers’ organizations and other civil society organizations, as well as the media and academia.

The portal thereby serves to strengthen capacities and knowledge on the International Treaty among all its stakeholders and increases information and awareness on the operation and importance of the International Treaty among the general public.

All materials are digitized and offered free of charge for educational and other non-commercial purposes.

  •  Module 1: Introduction to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture   For the first time educational materials on the International Treaty are produced under the coordination of its Secretariat, through a participatory process involving international experts and stakeholders from all regions. Module 1 provides an up-to-date introduction to the main components of the International Treaty and related instruments and concepts in an easily understandable language to newcomers to the policy area of agricultural biodiversity. It was launched on the occasion of the Fourth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty (March 2011).
  •  Module 2: Conservation and Sustainable Use under the International Treaty. This second educational module enters into detail about the International Treaty’s provisions related to the conservation and sustainable use of crop diversity. It provides technical background related to conservation and sustainable use and illustrates various examples of implementation at international, regional, national and local levels. Explaining technical aspects within the legal framework for crop diversity management, the module targets both political and scientific stakeholders, as well as other stakeholders in the agriculture sector. It was published in December 2011.
  •  Module 3: The Funding Strategy of the International Treaty. This educational module provides a historical synopsis of the establishment of the Funding Strategy and substantiates its importance for the achievement of the objectives of the International Treaty. In particular, the module explains the rationale and operation of the Benefit-sharing Fund of the Funding Strategy, and contains an entire lesson explaining the grant-making process of the Benefit-sharing Fund. The module was published in December 2013, just before the launch of the Third Call for Proposals of the Benefit-sharing Fund.
  •   Explanatory Guide to the International Treaty (IUCN)    The objective of this guide is to promote greater understanding of the International Treaty’s text and its possible implications. It was produced by the Environmental Law Centre of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and Bioversity International and published in 2005.