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Surging global demand for meat, milk and eggs has led to heavy reliance on high-output animals intensively bred to supply uniform products, according to The State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources. Through this report, FAO calls for a global reponsibility to conserve and sustainably use animal genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The first International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources was held from 3 to 7 September in Interlaken, Switzerland. The Conference represents a major step forward in the global management of animal genetic resources (see Conference Flyer). The main outcome of the Conference was the adoption of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources (see Conference Report). In the Interlaken Declaration, all countries that attended the Conference affirmed their commitment to implement this Global Plan of Action.

Contents of this media kit

This online media kit offers global and regional information on animal genetic resources, in the form of fact sheets, audio interviews, images, graphics, farmers’ views and success stories. It provides links to The State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources, to reports from subregions and individual countries, and to contact details of National Coordinators.

The invitation to the Conference and press releases can be found in the right column. Speeches are made available under working & information documents.

A list of recent news articles is also available (AnGR in the news).

State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources



in brief


full report

  pdf file  


Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources and the Interlaken Declaration

pdf file
pdf file




Press releases

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