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Japan submits almost 18,000 crops and forages into the Multilateral System with high-value associated data

ITPGRFA
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan has notified the International Treaty about the inclusion of almost 18000 accessions of crop and forages into the Treaty’s Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-Sharing (MLS) and the publication of its associated data, adding value to that material for breeders and researches. These 18000 samples, maintained in Japan by the Genebank of the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS), belong to the list of crops ...

Enabling Farmers to Face Climate Change

ITPGRFA
The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has published online the booklet “Enabling Farmers to Face Climate Change” which provides an overview of the characteristics and main activities of the projects that are being implemented as part of the second project portfolio of its Benefit-sharing Fund (BSF).

Steering Committee discusses action plan for the Near East and the North Africa

ITPGRFA
Cairo, 13 July 2014 – FAO hosts the first Steering Committee to discuss the implementation of the Near East and North Africa Action Plan for the Benefit-Sharing Fund in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resource for Agriculture.

International Plant Treaty Celebrates 10 Years of Entry-Into-Force

ITPGRFA
Geneva, Switzerland (3 July 2014) – The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture celebrated its 10th birthday since its entry-into-force on 29 June 2004 in Geneva today. The event highlighted the pivotal role of the International Treaty in ensuring future global food security, farmers’ rights, sustainable agriculture, and fair and equitable benefit-sharing arising from the use of plant genetic resources.

New capacity-building materials for local and indigenous agricultural communities

ITPGRFA
A new set of capacity-building materials on Farmers’ Rights has been published to support small-holder farmer leaders and decision makers, who live and depend in a direct way on family agriculture, better understand their rights.  Booklet number four of the collection, which is divided by themes and includes a case study from Guatemala, is dedicated to illustrating the recognition of Farmers's Rights within the framework of the International Treaty on

The G20 countries noted DivSeek with interest at their annual meeting

ITPGRFA
The Chief Agricultural Scientists of the G20 countries have favourably appraised DivSeek, an initiative that links large-scale sequencing and phenotyping data to publicly available germplasm accessions, following a presentation made by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on PGRFA at the Third Annual MACS Meeting held in Brisbane, Australia, from 19 to 21 June 2014.  Organized by the Australian G20 Presidency, the MACS gathered the chief scientist and high-level research o

The International Treaty Turns 10 Since Its Entry Into Force

ITPGRFA
The 29th of June 2014 marks the 10th Anniversary of the entry-into-force of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). A special celebration will be held at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, on 3 July 2014 to mark this milestone, which will take place at 14.30 hours in Room XXI of the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) at Palais des Nations, 8-11 Avenue de la Paix.

Tandem workshop for National Focal Points of the International Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol

ITPGRFA
The National Focal Points of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and the Nagoya Protocol  on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (Nagoya Protocol) will be meeting  in Rome from 3 to 6 June to participate in a Tandem workshop organized by both Secretariats  jointly with Bioversity International and the ABS Capacity Development Initiative.

An action plan to conserve and use the diversity of Mesoamerica

ITPGRFA
Blue corn, red and black beans, avocados the size of an ostrich egg: Mesoamerica is the birthplace of a wide range of agricultural biodiversity – crops that are important not only to local cultures, cuisines and livelihoods, but globally for food security.

Indonesia Becomes the First Country to Donate Towards the Next Round of the Benefit-sharing Fund Projects

ITPGRFA
Rome, Italy (7 April 2014) – Indonesia has become the first developing country to make a voluntary financial contribution into the Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.