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Plant Genetic Resources and Food Security

By the year 2025 - in the span of a single human generation - world food production must increase by more than 75 per cent to keep up with the Earth's population, forecast to grow from today's 5.7 billion to 8.3 billion. But plant genetic resources on which food security depends are disappearing at an alarming rate. They must be preserved, analysed and shared in an equitable and sustainable manner if we are to develop new crop varieties to meet the challenge of long-term food security.

To that end, the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is organizing the fourth International Technical Conference on Plant Genetic Resources, to be held in Leipzig, Germany, 17-23 June 1996.The conference is a milestone in the development of the Global System for the Conservation and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for food and agriculture.


  1. Introduction to the Fourth International Technical Conference on Plant Genetic Resources
  2. Backgrounder on Plant Genetic Resources and Plant Breeding
  3. Women and Plant Genetic Resources
  4. Biodiversity preserved: In situ and Ex Situ Collections; the CGIAR
  5. Emigrant Plants and People
  6. Global System
  7. Farmers' Rights
  8. More Reading



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