Jeremy Cherfas writes: a new climate change tool will not only help farmers to prepare for the future, it may also spur implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources. A demo of the tool was given by Flora Mer, CIAT, at the recent planning workshop for the new Bioversity project on implementing the multilateral system of access and benefit sharing. Read the full article, with more information.
From February 6-10, 2012, a planning workshop took place at Bioversity Headquarters in Rome for the project “Strengthening national capacities to implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).” About 40 researchers came together from 8 project countries (Bhutan, Nepal, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Uganda, Costa Rica and Guatemala); the Treaty Secretariat; FAO; CGIAR; Universities of Reading (UK), Leuven (Belgium) Chicago at Illinois (USA) and Malaya (Malaysia); and Bioversity International. The project supports identification of options for implementing the multilateral system of sharing access to and benefits from plant genetic resources for food and agriculture created by the ITPGRFA. The group will carry out research on policy actors and networks, germplasm flows and interdependence, technology transfer, and farmers’ involvement. As one of the participants concluded; “Learning from the different experiences of other countries gives us confidence to move ahead with the implementation in our own country.”We will post the workshop report in a few weeks.
Photo credit: Shawn Landersz, Bioversity International
We are pleased to announce a new project called the ‘Genetic Resources Policy Initiative 2: strengthening national capacities to implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture’. It is supported by the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Bioversity International is the main executing agency. The project falls under the overall coordination and guidance framework of the FAO/Treaty Secretariat/Bioversity Joint Capacity Building Programme for Developing Countries on the Implemenation of the ITPGRFA and its MLS.
This blog will be used by the project as a means for sharing news about activities and outcomes, and to make links with other related developments.