We started the Genetic Resources Policy blog, in February 2012, as part of the kick-off of a new project supporting implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in a number of countries. The blog focuses mainly on issues related to the multilateral system of access and benefit-sharing in the project countries, and makes links to important developments other parts of the world. Since the project seeks to forge useful, creative links between the multilateral system and seed systems, farmers’ rights, sustainable use, and coordinated efforts to conserve and use biodiversity, the blog will cover some of those issues too. We are guided by the principle that the blog’s coverage of these other issues must relate back, in practical ways, to the implementation of the multilateral system.
To date, the project is supporting activities in Nepal, Bhutan, Rwanda, Uganda, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Guatemala and India.
The project is 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 International Joint Capacity Building Programme for Developing Countries on the Implementation of the ITPGRFA and its MLS.