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  • Irene Hoffmann
    Chief, Animal Genetic Resources Branch
    FAO HQ, Room C-592
    Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
    Rome 00153, Italy.
    Tel: +39 06 570 52796
  • irene.hoffmann@fao.org

Intergovernmental process

 

Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture


The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture provides the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters specifically related to biological diversity for food and agriculture. The Commission aims to reach international consensus on policies for the sustainable use and conservation of genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their use.


The Commission normally holds one regular session in each biennium and can also convene extraordinary sessions. Each regular session provides an opportunity for countries to discuss the management of genetic resources in the various sectors of food and agriculture (animal, plant, forest, aquatic, micro-organism and invertebrate), as well as cross-sectoral  matters such as climate change, access and benefit-sharing,  biotechnology and the ecosystem approach.


The Commission oversaw the preparation of The State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and the development of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources.


Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture


The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture established the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture to support its work in the animal genetic resources sector (equivalent bodies have been established for the plant and forest sectors).


The role of the Working Group is to review issues related to animal genetic resources and their management, to consider progress made in the implementation of the Commission's Multi-Year Programme of Work and to address any other matters referred to it by the Commission. The Working Group advises and makes recommendations to the Commission.


In accordance with its statutes, the Working Group is composed of 27 countries. Members are elected at each of the Commission’s regular sessions. Meetings of the Working Group are held when required and no more than once annually.


International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (2007)


The International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was held in Interlaken, Switzerland, in September 2007. The conference saw the launch of The State of the World’s Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and the final negotiation and adoption of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources and the Interlaken Declaration.