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17th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The 17th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) took place on 18-22 February 2019 in Rome, Italy. Agenda item 4 was dedicated to “’Digital sequence information’ on genetic resources for food and agriculture”. The CGRFA considered a working document (number CGRFA-17/19/4) on “’Digital sequence information’ on genetic resources for food and agriculture and its relevance for food security”. It also took note of an 86-page background study paper entitled “Exploratory fact-finding scoping study on “digital sequence information” on genetic resources for food and agriculture”, by J.A. Heinemann, D.S. Coray and D.S. Thaler. The Commission’s Session report and working documents of the Session (all in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) as well as the background study paper, are available at http://www.fao.org/cgrfa/meetings/detail/en/c/1153541/. More information about “digital sequence information” is available at http://www.fao.org/cgrfa/topics/digital-sequence-information/en/. Contact cgrfa@fao.org for more information. The CGRFA is an intergovernmental body established by the FAO Conference in 1983, whose Members include 178 countries and the European Union. It provides the only permanent forum for governments to specifically discuss and negotiate matters relevant to biological diversity for food and agriculture, including all plant, animal, forest, aquatic, micro-organism and invertebrate genetic resources for food and agriculture.

07/09/2019