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Treaty Holds Regional Workshops for BSF Project Applicants

ITPGRFA
Rome, Italy – The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) organized a series of special Regional Workshops for those preparing to submit full proposals for projects to be funded by the 3rd cycle of the Treaty’s Benefit-Sharing Fund (BSF). These Workshops were held between 30 October and 14 November 2014 in Ecuador (for applicants from Latin America), Egypt (for applicants from the Near East and Africa) and Malaysia (for applicants from ...

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

ITPGRFA
The Republic of Iraq has acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture on 29 September 2014, becoming the Treaty’s 133rd Contracting Party as of 27 November 2014.

Implementing Farmers’ Rights to Achieve Food Security and Improve Nutrition

ITPGRFA
14 October 2014, Rome, Italy – The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) organized a side event on the implementation of Farmers’ Rights and its impact on food security and nutrition during the 41st Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS-41) in Rome. The event was co-organized with the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty and gathered more than 80 participants.

Marshall Islands Ratifies the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

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Marshall Islands has deposited the instrument of ratification to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and will become a contracting Party on 13 October 2014, bringing the total number of Contracting Parties to 132.

Japan includes almost 18,000 crop and forage accessions into the Multilateral System with high-value associated data

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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