Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture





Sectoral Working Groups

The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture may establish intergovernmental technical working groups (“Sectoral Working Groups”), with appropriate geographical balance, to assist in the areas of plant, animal, forestry and aquatic genetic resources. The purpose of working groups is to review the situation and issues related to biodiversity in the areas under their respective competences, to advise and make recommendations to the Commission on these matters and to consider the progress made in implementing the Commission's programme of work, as well as any other matters referred to them by the Commission. The Commission may also establish such other subsidiary bodies as it may deem necessary for the effective discharge of its functions.

In 1997, the Commission established two working groups: the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture to deal with specific matters in their areas of expertise. In 2009, at its Twelfth Regular Session, the Commission established a third working group: the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources.

Each working group is composed of 27 Member Nations. The Members of the working groups are elected every two years, during regular sessions of the Commission. The terms of reference and activities of the working groups are described in their Statutes.

The meetings of the working groups are held when required and no more than once annually. 

Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Meetings

Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Meetings

Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources

Meetings