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An action plan to conserve and use the diversity of Mesoamerica

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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

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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.

The International Treaty launches the Third Call for Project Proposals

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The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture launched its third call for project proposals under its Benefit-Sharing Fund (BSF). With over USD 10 million available for supporting new projects aimed at the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic material in developing countries, this is the largest call to date.

Published the Report of the First Asian Meeting of the National Focal Points of the International Treaty

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The Report of the first meeting of the Asian national focal points of the International Treaty is now online. The meeting took place in Bangkok in May 2013 as part of the activities of the project “Enhancing Understanding and implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture”.

Sharing the Benefits from Food Plants through the International Treaty - A new Biennium and a new Round of Benefit-Sharing

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Berlin, Germany, 17 January 2014 – The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture on "Empowering Agriculture: Fostering Resilience – Securing Food and Nutrition" took place in Berlin as part of International Green Week 2014. On this occasion, a number of State Secretaries of Agriculture, high-level delegates, diplomats and experts met to discuss the importance of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

The Multilateral System initiates 2014 with new inclusions of material

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The Secretary of the International Treaty has been notified by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry of France of two new collections of forages and potato that are now included in the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing of the International Treaty and available for the transfer under the terms and conditions of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA).

Report of the training workshop for Asian countries on the Implementation of the International Treaty

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The report of the training workshop Enhancing capacities to understand and implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture”, which was recently held in Tsukuba, Japan, is now available online.  The workshop gathered 15 national focal points from Contracting Parties of the Region and other technical staff from countries considering accession to the International Treaty.

The Treaty will be at International Green Week 2014: Sharing Benefits from Food Plants

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International Green Week Berlin, one of the largest expositions of food, agriculture and horticulture in the world, provides an international meeting place for sharing ideas about agriculture and promoting food security.

Sri Lanka Joins the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

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Sri Lanka has ratified the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and become a Contracting Party as of 16 December 2013, bringing the total number of Contracting Parties to 131.

Japan Becomes 130th Contracting Party of the International Treaty

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Japan has acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and becomes a Contracting Party as of today, 28 October 2013, bringing the total number of Contracting Parties to 130.