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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

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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

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

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

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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 ...

Third Meeting of High-Level Task Force: “Delivering Resources for Continued Benefit-Sharing”

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FAO, Rome (9 June 2015) – More than 30 ministers, high-level representatives and members of the High-Level Task Force of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture met today at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) under the chairmanship of H.E. Fuad bin Jaafar Al-Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Sultanate of Oman, and discussed ways to enhance resource mobilization.

“Complementa”, the new Treaty Analysis Tool in Support of In-situ Conservation

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A new statistics and spatial tool to support in situ conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture called ‘Complementa’ has been developed and presented for the first time to plant breeders and researches during a regional workshop organized  in Pretoria, South Africa, by the Southern African Development community (SADC) and Bioversity International.

DivSeek consolidates its internal governance

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27 April 2015 – The Diversity Seek Initiative is consolidating its governance mechanism after the recent election of its steering committee, which will craft the major components of a programme of work to sustain global efforts on plant genomics. DivSeek is a community-driven initiative to facilitate the linking of germplasm with characterization data with a view to enabling interoperability among information systems, broadening the usability of data and germplasm, and supporting ...

Treaty Benefit-sharing Fund Supports 440 Peruvian Potato Farmers

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8 April 2015-- The Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty has helped more than 440 local Peruvian potato producers conserve and manage their native potato varieties through the establishment of seed orchards in 23 communities other activities, including the promotion of 28 commercial varieties and the documentation of 211 new breeding varieties.

The International Treaty Supports Guatemalan Farmers’ Good Seed Practices

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More than 150 farmers and their families have received direct support from the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty for the adoption of good management practices for the conservation and use of maize and bean varieties through the establishment of a network of community seed bank.

International Treaty Toolbox to Help Broaden the Genetic Base of Crops

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24 March 2015, Rome – The initial focus of the “Toolbox” of the International Treaty will be on germplasm with the greatest potential of broadening the genetic base of crops. This is one of the major recommendations of the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of the International Treaty, which took place in Rome earlier this month.