Last updated: 18/12/2014

Module 1: Introduction to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

  •  Full Module 1: Introduction to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
       Module 1 presents the International Treaty and its main components in the context of the broader legal framework governing crop diversity. It shows how the International Treaty has been set up to cope with global challenges such as food security, climate change and the loss of crop diversity. The module provides learners with key concepts and historical background, through lessons that are specifically designed for newcomers to the biodiversity policy area. This work constitutes a comprehensive introduction to the International Treaty and forms the basis for the forthcoming educational modules.
  •  Lesson 1: A Global Treaty for Food Security in an Era of Climate Change
       The lesson provides an up-to-date overview of trends and scenarios of the global challenges of climate change, food security and the loss of crop diversity and shows how the main components of the International Treaty constitute powerful mechanisms to cope with these challenges.
  •  Lesson 2: Objectives, Scope and Basic Concepts
       This lesson lays down the basics of the International Treaty and presents the main advantages of being a Contracting Party. It also contains a glossary of terms and concepts that will be particularly useful to learners that do not have a strong technical background in the biodiversity policy area.
  •  Lesson 3: History of the International Treaty
       The lesson takes the learner back to the middle of the 20th century to expose the socio-economic factors that led to the adoption of a first instrument for crop diversity, and presents the main steps of the long negotiations that culminated in the adoption of the International Treaty.
  •  Lesson 4: Main Components and Governance of the International Treaty
       This lesson focuses entirely on the main components of the International Treaty: (1) Conservation and Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, (2) Farmers' Rights, (3) the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing and (4) the Funding Strategy.

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