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EU contributes €5 million to help farmers maintain crop diversity

June 2012, Rio de Janeiro - The European Commission is contributing €5 million euros (6.5 million dollars) towards the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, FAO announced today, at a high-level ministerial meeting...[more]

Rotterdam Convention works with stakeholders to address risks of severely hazardous pesticide formulations

Samut Sakhon, Thailand, May 2012. More than 30 representatives from the Ministry of Environment (MOE), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Ministry of Health (MOH), provincial government officers and occupational health officers, farmers, students, NGOs (the Education Foundation, the...[more]

The gene pool of the Treaty gets 351 Moroccan wheat accessions from a benefit-sharing Fund project

The global gene pool of the International Treaty received this week 351 new wheat accessions that have been evaluated during the life of a Benefit-sharing Fund project implemented in Morocco, as announced by the National Agriculture Research Institute of this country.This is the...[more]

Training module on conservation and sustainable use under the International Treaty now Available Online

The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has just published an educational module on conservation and sustainable use as part of a series of training materials for the implementation of the Treaty. This second module is...[more]

The International Plant Protection Convention at 60 years

Increasingly essential as pest risk increases due to globalization[more]

Sri Lanka 2011: Rotterdam Convention continues its work against risks caused by use of hazardous pesticide formulations

There are certain formulations of pesticides that cannot be safely used in many developing countries given the socio-economic and climatic conditions. These formulations can result in problems for human health or the environment.  Despite the fact that pesticide poisoning is a...[more]

Joining forces to protect vulnerable groups from pesticides exposure

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) held a side event on the occasion of the Fifth Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (COP 5) that took place in Geneva from 20 to 24...[more]

Secretariat of the International Treaty launches novel materials for Capacity Development

The first in a series of five educational modules on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was presented to delegates in a side event at the Fourth Session of the Governing Body of the Treaty (14-18 March 2011, Bali, Indonesia).Over 20 ...[more]

Fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (COP-5

The fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties will take place from 20 to 24 June 2011, in Geneva. More then 350 delegates and observers will participate in this meeting to be chaired by Ms. N. Gwayi from South Africa. The majority of Government delegates come from...[more]

Novel Training Materials on the International Treaty launched on the Occasion of Governing Body Meeting

The first in a series of five comprehensive educational modules on the operation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has been presented to Contracting Parties and other stakeholders in a side event at the Fourth Session of the...[more]

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