What is the ITC
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing
the Fourth International Technical Conference on Plant Genetic Resources which
will be held in Leipzig, Germany, June 17 - 23, 1996.
The Conference is expected to adopt a Report on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources
and a Global Plan of Action
for the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Plant genetic resources are the basis of world food security. They are used by farmers and scientists as the raw material for the breeding of new plant varieties and in biotechnology -- and are a reservoir of genetic diversity which acts as a buffer against environmental and economic change.
The Global Plan of Action will propose strategies for the conservation of plant genetic resources and their utilization in sustainable agriculture
. It will set priorities for action and include costed programmes and projects to strengthen capacities at the community, national and regional levels. It will be concrete
step towards the implementation of "Farmers' Rights"
, the International
Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources
and the Convention on Biological
. The Global Plan of Action will be drafted on the basis of a Report
on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources .
The Global Plan of Action and the Report on the State of the World's Plant
Genetic Resources are being developed through a country driven, participatory
process, which is being coordinated through an FAO project, the International
Conference and Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ICPPGR)
, under the
overall guidance of the FAO Commission on Plant Genetic Resources
involvement of all relevant parties including non-governmental organizations,
scientists, and farmers' organizations as well as governments is being
encouraged. Country Reports
will document the state of plant genetic resources
nation by nation, describe national activities and assess gaps and needs.
Synthesis reports will then be developed at a series of Regional and
during the second half of 1995. To promote the broadest
participation in the preparatory process, a number of computer conferences
been established on an electronic Bulletin Board Network
. Further information is
also available in a series of Briefing notes
and other documents