Guidelines & other publications
The Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources calls on FAO to provide technical guidance and assistance to countries in their work on animal genetic resources. Since the adoption of the Global Plan of Action in 2007, FAO has prepared a series of guideline publications on various aspects of animal genetic resources management.
Guidelines are drafted and reviewed by technical experts. The drafts are submitted for consideration by the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources. After advice from the working group has been taken into account, the drafts are submitted to the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture for endorsement.
The guidelines on animal identification, traceability and performance recording are currently being prepared. A previous publication – Secondary guidelines for the development of national farm animal genetic resources management plans. Animal recording for medium input production environment – remains available.
Publication on marketing
The guidelines related to Strategic Priority Area 2 are complemented by the following publication: Adding value to livestock diversity. Marketing to promote local breeds and improve livelihoods.
Publications on small-scale livestock keepers and pastoralists
The Global Plan of Action recognizes the important role of livestock keepers, pastoralists and local communities in the use and development of animal genetic resources. Relevant publications include the following two from FAO’s Animal Production and Health Paper Series:
- Livestock keepers – guardians of biodiversity;
- Invisible guardians – women manage livestock biodiversity;
Papers on this topic have also been prepared for sessions of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture:
- Roles of small-scale livestock keepers in the conservation and sustainable use of animal genetic resources
- The roles of small-scale livestock keepers in the development, use and conservation of livestock resources
Background Study Papers
The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture publishes a series of Background Study Papers related to various aspects of its work. Recent papers focusing on animal genetic resources management include:
- Climate change and animal genetic resources for food and agriculture: state of knowledge, risks and opportunities
- Threats to animal genetic resources – their relevance, importance and opportunities to decrease their impact
- The use and exchange of animal genetic resources for food and agriculture
- Ecosystem services provided by livestock species and breeds, with special consideration to the contributions of small-scale livestock keepers and pastoralists