Facilitating Mechanism
 

Facilitating Mechanism for
the implementation of the GPA


The Facilitating Mechanism for the implementation of the Global Plan of Action was presented to the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at its Ninth Session in 2002.

The objective of the Facilitating Mechanism portal is to foster the implementation of the Global Plan of Action and encourage mobilization of technical and financial resources. A wide range of information, including programmes, projects and activities and funding sources relevant for activities that contribute to the conservation and sustainable utilization of plant genetic resources can be viewed on the portal.

The Facilitating Mechanism receives overall guidance from the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. It is hosted by FAO and operates in partnership to attract and accommodate other international, organizations, regional and sub regional organizations and networks to become partners.

Funding Opportunities

The full implementation of the Second Global Plan of Action requires a significant increase in the activities currently taking place. Adequate financial resources commensurate with the scope of the Second Global Plan of Action should therefore be mobilized.

The following three types of donors provide most of the funding for activities in the field of plant genetic resources for food and agricultur

  • Multilateral donors

This category embraces the following institutions: i) UN agencies, programmes and funds, ii) international financial institutions (including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and regional development banks), iii) global funds (e.g. Global Environmental Facility), iv) the European Union, and v) a number of Arab Funds.

  • Bilateral donors

This category includes member states that provide development assistance directly to recipient countries. Development assistance can be coordinated on behalf of the Government by ministries (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs) or specialized agencies (e.g. National Development Agency).

  • Foundations

This category refers to non-profit organizations that fund activities of other institutions or individuals for their own charitable purposes. Two types of foundations can be distinguished: private foundations and public foundations.

The Facilitating Mechanism provides useful information on these potential funding sources through two databases:
 


 
   
 

 

Projects and Activities

The Facilitating Mechanism provides useful information through the Projects Database on projects and activities carried out at the national level in the field of plant genetic resources. The Projects Database is an extract of the projects and activities cited in the Global Monitoring System. It may be searched by project country, by strategic areas of the Global Plan of Action, by a free text search, or by any combination of them. The language of the project information corresponds with the language in which it was provided.


For a detailed search and a complete record of all projects, please visit the Global Monitoring System.

Institutions and Networks

A wide range of local, national, regional and international institutions and networks are involved in activities related to conservation and use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Many new institutions and networks have been set up in response to the activity priorities of the Global Plan of Action.

These institutions and networks include international and regional networks, civil society organizations, and institutions including UN Conventions, international societies, associations and initiatives. Their activities range from grass-root level projects to global programmes.

The Facilitating Mechanism provides useful information on regional and international institutions and networks through the database on institutions and networks below.


For information on local or national organizations in a particular country, please try the databases listed here.

If you have a 'diversity rich' product and you need support for its commercialization, in particular for exportation from developing to industrial countries, you can find specialized institutions that may help you on our Marketplace.


Germplasm Conservation

The best way of conserving plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) is to use them. Regarding ex situ conservation, the total number of accessions in collections held in genebanks worldwide has increased by approximately 20% since 1996, reaching 7.4 million.

The database below offers access to a number of international, national and crop-specific germplasm databases. You can find short descriptions of these germplasm databases and links to their websites by searching either by database type or by free text search.


For information about efficient and effective ex situ conservation of crop genetic resources, please visit the website of the Crop Genebank Knowledge Base, an initiative of the System-wide Genetic Resources Programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research