Biodiversity is critical for safeguarding global food security, underpinning healthy and nutritious diets, improving rural livelihoods, and enhancing the resilience of people and communities.

The recent alarming findings on the threats of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation from FAO's 'The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture' and the global assessment report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, have put the agriculture sectors at the center of the debate on the future of the planet.

Against this background, the FAO Conference in 2017 welcomed FAO’s initiative to act as Biodiversity Mainstreaming Platform1  and requested FAO to facilitate, in collaboration with its partners, the integration of actions for the conservation, sustainable use, management and restoration of biological diversity across the agriculture sectors at national, regional and international level. 

Programme and Concept Note for the African regional multi-stakeholder dialogue on biodiversity mainstreaming across agricultural sectors held in Kigali, Rwanda, November 4-5, 2019 

This report summarizes the state of biodiversity for food and agriculture in Near East and North Africa based on the information provided in country reports submitted to FAO as part of the reporting process for The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture.

This brochure presents information for users on the services and functions of the Global Information System (GLIS) of Article 17 of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). Since 2015, the International Treaty has assisted users by developing standardized ways to document, access and share a million records of information about crops through GLIS. This brochure refers to GLIS as a valuable international ‘one-stop-shop’ for the exchange of plant resources information around the world through globally accepted standard descriptors and DOIs.

The State of the World's Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture reviews our use of aquatic genetic resources both in capture fisheries and in aquaculture, in areas under national jurisdiction. The first-ever global report of its kind is based on information provided by 92 countries, together representing 96 percent of global aquaculture production and over 80 percent of capture fisheries production.

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