The Genetic Resources Policy blog, initiated in February 2012, features 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 agrobiodiversity, the blog will cover some of those issues too.
To date, the project is supporting activities in Nepal, Bhutan, Rwanda, Uganda, Cote D’Ivoire, Costa Rica, Guatemala and India.
The new 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/Biodiversity Joint Capacity Building Programme for Developing Countries on the Implemenation of the ITPGRFA and its MLS.