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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.




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:


Papers on this topic have also been prepared for sessions of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture:

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: