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International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Benefit-sharing Fund

Safeguard biodiversity for food security and climate change adaptation

In many areas of the world, climate change is beginning to undermine rural development, resulting in greater pressures on the most vulnerable farmers and farming communities, those that are least able to cope with extreme weather events such as floods or droughts, and by shifts in the timing and duration of growing seasons.

Managing and sustainably deploying plant genetic diversity is one of the key – and often one of the very few – options available to vulnerable farmers in their efforts to achieve food and nutrition security and make their farming systems resilient. Greatly increased attention and support are needed if farmers are to reap the full benefits of genetic diversity.

For the fourth time since 2009, the International Treaty launches the Call for Proposals under the Benefit-sharing Fund. Millions of dollars will be invested in single country and multicountry projects to help vulnerable local and indigenous farmers communities cope with and stay ahead of the consequences of climate change.

Relevant Documents

Text of the Fourth Call for Proposals

Appendix 1 - Explanatory Guide to Outcome Matrix

Appendix 2 - Eligibility and screening criteria for project proposals

Appendix 3 - List of countries eligible to apply for support under BSF

Appendix 4 - List of NFP and Permanent Representatives to FAO

Appendix 5 - Guidelines for the submission of pre-proposals

Appendix 5 - Submission form for pre-proposals

Frequently Asked Questions


Annex I: List of crops covered under the Multilateral System

ToRs for the Independent Panel of Experts

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