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FAO launches project in Moldova on plant genetic resources

A new project to protect and make the most of Moldova’s plant genetic resources for food and agriculture was launched here last week.

The project, entitled "Support to the development of a National Programme for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Moldova," will assess needs and opportunities for conservation and use of plant genetic resources, help develop a national programme on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture for the conservation and sustainable use of these resources.

“Protecting plant genetic resources is a regional priority,” said Avetik Nersisyan, FAO agricultural officer for Europe and Central Asia. “It contributes to global food security and the development of sustainable agriculture for present and future generations.”

Iurie Usurelu, Deputy Minister with Moldova’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry, thanked FAO for its constant support to agricultural development in Moldova and highlighted the openness and cooperation of the Ministry in implementing the project.

The launch event was attended also by FAO subject matter specialist Eva Thörn, who presented practices on the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in European countries. The project will help connect the legal framework of Moldova in accordance with best European practices and recommendations, she said, noting that in this way Moldova is joining the international effort to conserve and sustainably use plant genetic resources.

The main actors involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of project activities are the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry of Moldova and its regional departments, research organizations, farmers' associations, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and agricultural colleges.

As part of the same project, FAO will provide direct support to national experts responsible for implementation of international commitments such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, Nagoya Protocol, and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Moldova’s National Programme on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture will be developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry with the support of FAO, and will be put into action by a range of national actors in the field.

25 May 2016, Chisinau, Moldova

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