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Tuvalu accedes to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

ITPGRFA
Tuvalu, an independent small island state of the Pacific has acceded to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), a treaty that contributes to sustainable food security for all. Tuvalu’s Minister for Natural Resources, Hon. Elisala Pita signed the instrument of accession the Treaty, confirming Tuvalu as one mof the most recent members of this international community working on the ...

Introductory Course to the International Treaty online in the InforMEA Portal

ITPGRFA
An online introductory course on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is now available through the E-Learning Platform of the InforMEA Portal to familiarize users with the relationship of crop biodiversity and food security and the core components and mechanisms of this legally binding instrument. 

Updated version of the Multi-Crop Passport Descriptors

ITPGRFA
FAO and Bioversity International have just released an updated version of the Multi-Crop Passport Descriptors (MCPD V.2.1), the international standard globally adopted for passport data of ex situ genebank accessions.

First global food and agriculture plant genetics data library gets go-ahead

ITPGRFA
 New gateway provides vital information on global seed pool to develop shock-resistant varieties 9 October 2015, Rome - Delegates from the136 member nations of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) have given their approval to set up an international information gateway for the genetic data of food crop seeds.

Sixth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

ITPGRFA
Rome, 2 October, 2015 The sixth session of the Governing Body of the 136-nation International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is to be held at the FAO in Rome from October 5 – 9, 2015. To stay on track with the Treaty’s fundamental objectives – sustainable agriculture and food security for all - the agenda of the biennial meeting will include a discussion on expanding the list of plant species in the Treaty’s global gene pool.

Connecting data in the Global Information System

ITPGRFA
The Secretariat of the International Treaty is pleased to report on recent progress made with the global survey on descriptors required to identify Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) in the context of the Global Information System of Article 17.  The survey asked participants to select the PGRFA minimum essential information (descriptors) and other highly recommended attributes to be declared and aggregated through the Global System to facilitate interoperability ...

Opinions and advice on the use of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement and on the Multilateral System, new publication online

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31 July 2015.-  The users of the Multilateral System and the Standard Material Transfer agreement can now consult online in one single booklet all the opinions and the advice provided by the Ad Hoc Technical Advisory Committee on the Multilateral System and the Standard Material Transfer Agreement.

Sweden will support the Benefit-sharing Fund and the fourth project cycle with annual contributions

ITPGRFA
14 July 2015 – Sweden’s International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has announced four annual contributions to the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty, adding up to a total amount of approximately USD 300,000, which will be invested in the Fourth Project Cycle.

Adapting Indian Rice Agriculture to Climate Change

ITPGRFA
Farmers and scientists explore seed diversity as a resource for the future

Seeds for Life – Improving Crop Yields and Resilience in North Indian Agriculture

ITPGRFA
Real yield improvements in rice and wheat agriculture, development of  resilient  crop varieties, extensive conservation of such varieties on-farm and in local seed banks – these are some of the outcomes of the Seeds for life – project in northern India supported by the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty. 30 rice varieties and 26 wheat varieties that are high-yielding and have good resistance to pests and diseases have been identified and have been stored ...