SECOND GLOBAL PLAN OF ACTION
for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Adopted by the FAO Council, Rome, Italy, 29 November 2011

 

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Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Rome 2011


ABSTRACT

The Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was adopted by the FAO Council at its 143rd Session in 2011. It updates the Global Plan of Action for Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources which was adopted at the Fourth International Technical Conference on Plant Genetic Resources held in Leipzig in 1996.

The Second Global Plan of Action addresses new challenges, such as climate change and food insecurity, as well as novel opportunities, including information, communication and molecular methodologies. It contains 18 priority activities organized in four main groups: In situ conservation and management; Ex situ conservation; Sustainable use; and Building sustainable institutional and human capacities.



Table of Contents

Introduction

Continued need for plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and their conservation and sustainable use
History of the Global Plan of Action
Implementation of the Global Plan of Action
The rationale for the Second Global Plan of Action
Aims and strategies of the Second Global Plan of Action
Structure and Organization of the Second Global Plan of Action

  

Priority Activities

 

In Situ Conservation and Management

1. Surveying and inventorying plant genetic resources for food and agriculture
2. Supporting on-farm management and improvement of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture
3. Assisting farmers in disaster situations to restore crop systems
4. Promoting in situ conservation and management of crop wild relatives and wild food plants

Ex Situ Conservation

5. Supporting targeted collecting of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture
6. Sustaining and expanding ex situ conservation of germplasm
7. Regenerating and multiplying ex situ accessions

Sustainable Use

8. Expanding the characterization, evaluation and further development of specific subsets of collections to facilitate use
9. Supporting plant breeding, genetic enhancement and base-broadening efforts
10. Promoting diversification of crop production and broadening crop diversity for sustainable agriculture
11. Promoting development and commercialization of all varieties, primarily farmers' varieties/landraces and underutilized species
12. Supporting seed production and distribution

Building Sustainable Institutional and Human Capacities

13. Building and strengthening national programmes
14. Promoting and strengthening networks for plant genetic resources for food and agriculture
15. Constructing and strengthening comprehensive information systems for plant genetic resources for food and agriculture
16. Developing and strengthening systems for monitoring and safeguarding genetic diversity and minimizing genetic erosion of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture
17. Building and strengthening human resource capacity
18. Promoting and strengthening public awareness of the importance of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture

  

Implementing and Financing the Second Global Plan of Action

List of acronyms and abbreviations

 

 

  



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