The Treaty provides for sharing the benefits of using plant genetic resources for food and agriculture through information-exchange, access to and the transfer of technology, and capacity-building. It also foresees a funding strategy to mobilize funds for activities, plans and programmes to help, small farmers in developing countries.
Based on approaches promoted by Dr. Melaku Worede who is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in plant genetic research and his role in restoring Ethiopia’s food security. Dr Worede and his staff collected and safely stored a considerable amount of Ethiopia’s seeds and plant materials and in the process established one of the world’s best genetic conservation systems!
From the IYFF meeting in Abu Dhabi “Family Farming can and must become the cornerstone of solid sustainable rural development, conceived of as an integral part of the global and harmonised development of each nation and each people while preserving the environment and natural resources”.
The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.
The goal of the 2014 IYFF is to place family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas by identifying gaps and opportunities to promote a shift towards a more equal and balanced development
The Routlege/Earthscan book on Community Biodiversity Management: Promoting Resilience and the Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources is freely available for download. Read about it and the series of books to which it belongs.