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Panel of Experts for the Fourth Call for proposals

The Governing Body of the International Treaty, at its Seventh Session, approved the Fourth Call for Project Proposals to be launched under the Benefit-sharing Fund (BSF). The Fourth Call will fund activities for the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) with the overall objective of enhancing farmers’ resilience in the face of climate change and improving their food security situation, thus contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2.5 and SDG 15.6 as they refer to plant genetic resources.

The Fourth Call for BSF (BSF-4) project proposals was launched in December 2017 and emphasizes new partnerships, including bringing technology and knowledge to the community and farm level, and highlighting the important role of women in biodiversity management, farming and rural development. Partners of the projects selected for funding will work together to establish and strengthen linkages between projects and across Regions.

According to the Operational Procedures for the use of resources under the direct control of the Governing Body, the project pre-proposals received for each Call for Proposals under the BSF are screened by an Independent Panel of Experts, based on the criteria established in each Call. The Bureau of the Eighth Governing Body called for nominations of two experts from each FAO Region to form the Panel of Experts for BSF-4 Proposals. This Panel comprises experts in conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources, climate change, food security, poverty alleviation, international policy and development programmes on agro-biodiversity, and on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

A meeting of the BSF-4 Panel of Experts took place in Rome in mid-May 2018, during which the Panel screened the eligible proposals and compiled a list of high-quality proposals with their rankings for the Bureau’s consideration. After reviewing the Panel’s recommendations, the Bureau will make a final decision on the projects which are to receive BSF funding.

To date, the International Treaty’s Benefit-sharing Fund has invested more than USD 20 million in 61 projects in 55 developing countries over three project cycles, positively impacting the lives of about 1 million people. BSF projects have supported the development, testing and use of climate ready crops, resulting in over 3000 important food crop varieties, which are now available to the international scientific and breeding community under the International Treaty’s Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing.

AFRICA

AFRICA

Mr Patrick Kasasa is a representative of the Africa Region on the BSF-4 Panel of Experts.

Mr Kasasa currently leads the Agricultural Biodiversity Programme at the Community Technology Development Trust (CTDT), an NGO that actively pursues issues relating to the policies, conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources in Zimbabwe.  He is also a member of the National Plant Genetic Resources Committee of Zimbabwe.

Mr Kasasa is currently leading the implementation of a BSF supported project in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He is closely involved in facilitating the introduction of new breeding lines and varieties of sorghum, pearl millets and pigeon peas from the National and International Research Institutions into drought prone communities in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe for evaluation and possible adoption by farmers, using Participatory Variety Selection methods. Thus far, a total of 100 accessions of genebank materials have been re-introduced in communities where they had been lost in response to demands by farmers who have been hard hit by climate change induced droughts.

Mr Kasasa holds a Master of Agriculture degree (majoring in Agronomy and Soil Fertility from the University of Zimbabwe.

 

Mr Ahmed Amri is a representative of Africa on the BSF-4 Panel of Experts. He has also served on previous BSF Expert Panels.

Mr Amri is currently the Deputy Director of Biodiversity and Integrated Improvement Program and the Head of the Genetic Resources Unit at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). He has been with ICARDA since 1999, when he started as Regional Coordinator for a Global Environment Fund (GEF) on the conservation and sustainable use of dryland agrobiodiversity in Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. He has also served as ICARDA Regional Coordinator for West Asia and as Coordinator for ICARDA-Iran.

He is actively involved in strengthening pre-breeding activities at ICARDA, ex-situ conservation of plant genetic resources, the establishment of genebanks and efficient conservation programs, promoting the in situ/on-farm conservation of dryland agrobiodiversity and in strengthening regional collaboration in the development of the global system for the conservation and use of plant genetic resources.

Mr Amri earned his PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding at Kansas State University, USA.

ASIA

ASIA

Mr Sugiono Moeljopawiro is a representative of the Asia Region on the BSF-4 Panel of Experts.

Mr Moeljopawiro is currently a Member of Indonesia’s National Commission of Genetic Resources of the Ministry of Agriculture, a Research Professor in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, a National Research Reviewer at the Ministry of Research and Technology and Higher Education, and member of the National Commission on Accreditation of Research and Development Institutions in Indonesia. Previously, he has served in various positions on the Commission on Plant Variety Protection of the Ministry of Agriculture, including as Chair. He has also served in various capacities at the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights, including as Vice Chair for the Expert Team of Geographical Indication. In addition, he has been an active member of the Indonesian Society of Plant Breeders, of which he is still a Member, and of the Indonesian Society of Agricultural Biotechnology, where he served as President.

Mr Moeljopawiro has served as Vice Chair of the Bureau of the First and Second Sessions of the Governing Body of the International Treaty, as well as served as Asia’s Representative Member on the Ad Hoc Committee on the Funding Strategy for the International Treaty.

Mr Moeljopawiro has a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Arkansas, USA, as well as a Post-Doctorate in Molecular Breeding from Cornell University, USA, in additional of a Master’s in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of the Philippines.

 

Mr Tomohiro Kamogawa is a representative of the Asia Region on the BSF-4 Panel of Experts.

Mr Kamogawa is currently a member of the Tsukuba Association Supporting Overseas Plant Genetic Resources Activities (TASO-PGR), as well as a member of the Advisory Committee for "Capacity Building regarding Conservation and Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in ASEAN Region - phase 2," funded by the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). He is also an Advisor for the Sakata Seed Corporation, where he previously served as the Manager of the Genetic Resources Department as well as General Manager for Sakata Seed Chile.

Mr Kamogawa has implemented an ornamental project in Argentina as an expert of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He has also been involved in many Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) related activities as a member of ABS Task Force of the Japan Bio-industry Association (JBA) and of the committee for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)/ABS of the Japan Seed Trade Association (JASTA), in addition to contributing to various international fora on plant genetic resources.   

EUROPE

EUROPE

Ms Elin Cecilie Ranum is a representative of the Europe Region on the BSF-4 Panel of Experts.

Ms Ranum is currently the Head of the Programme Department at the Development Fund of Norway, where she is responsible for the overall technical quality of the programme management, from the drafting of proposals to their implementation, monitoring and reporting. Ms Ranum has been an observer to the International Treaty since 2015, and is well-versed with the challenges and possibilities related to its implementation in different parts of the world.

Ms Ranum has in-depth knowledge about the challenges and development potential in rural areas, particularly those of small-scale farmers and indigenous people. She also has considerable experience in sustainable development programmes, particularly vis-à-vis community-based agro-biodiversity management, climate change adaptation and resilient agriculture systems, forestry and REDD+, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and youth and community empowerment. She has worked with development projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America since 2009, and has previously worked and lived in Latin America for 10 years.

 

Ms Isabelle Clement-Nissou is a representative of the Europe Region on the BSF-4 Panel of Experts.

Ms Clement-Nissou is currently the Head of the legal department at Groupement National Interprofessionnel des Semences et Plants(GNIS), the French inter-branch organization for Seeds, where she previously served as the Head of International Relations and was involved with issues relating to plant genetic resources, particularly in relation to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) and the Nagoya Protocol of the CBD. She was also seconded to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante), where she was in-charge of plant genetic resources and plant variety protection issues. In addition, during her tenure at the French Ministry of Agriculture, Ms Clement-Nissou was responsible for plant genetic resources and other seed-related issues and was part of the French national delegation during the negotiations of the International Treaty. Prior to joining the Ministry of Agriculture, she worked as a vegetable plant breeder for a plant breeding company.

Ms Clement-Nissou serves as a member in the French committee on plant genetic resources (CTPS), as well as a member of the Administrative Council of the French Research Foundation on Biodiversity where she represents the stakeholders' group on genetic resources.

Ms Clement-Nissou earned her agronomist degree in plant breeding (Ingénieur Agronome) from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique (ENSAT) in Toulouse, France.

 

Mr Jan Valkoun is a representative of the Europe Region on the BSF-4 Panel of Experts. He has also served on the second and third BSF Expert Panels.

In addition to his International Treaty-related activities, Mr Valkoun has also participated in a number of activities and events related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD), and coordinated the development of the Global Strategy for the Ex Situ Conservation and Use of Barley Germplasm for the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

Over the years, Mr Valkoun has served as the Head of the Genetic Resources Unit at the International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Aleppo, Syria, where he participated  in 15 collection missions in the Near East center of crop origin and diversity, projects on in situ and on-farm conservation and wheat pre-breeding; as Head of the Center of Biotechnology at the Research Institute of Crop Production (RICP) in Prague, the Czech Republic, where he also served as Head of the Division of Genetic and Plant Breeding; and as Consultant at the Faculty of Agronomy at the University of Havana in Cuba.

Mr Valkoun earned his PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Agriculture in Prague, former Czechoslovakia.

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Mr Alejandro Puglisi is a representative of the Latin America and Caribbean region on the BSF-4 Panel of Experts.

Mr Puglisi is currently in-charge of the Monitoring and Evaluation Optimization Project at the Directorate of National Implementation Projects (DPROY) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Religious Affairs of Argentina. He supervises and provides technical advice to all project officers in their analysis of cooperation requests, and in the development and revision of project documents.

A biologist by training, Mr Puglisi has 8 years of experience in international cooperation projects (formulation, monitoring, and evaluation) implemented with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He is currently responsible for a portfolio of over 15 UNDP projects related to the environment and sustainable development, including issues such as climate change, biodiversity, native forests, desertification, risk management, renewable energy, chemical product management, strengthening of national capacities. In addition, he also has experience evaluating projects of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

 

Ms Mercedes Rivas is a representative of the Latin America and Caribbean Region on the BSF-4 Panel of Experts.

Ms Rivas is a professor in plant genetic resources and plant breeding at the University of Uruguay, and a member of Uruguay’s National Committee on Plant Genetic Resources.

Ms Rivas has participated in the preparation of the First and Second Country Reports on the “State of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture” in Uruguay. She has also served as a member of the Ad-hoc Group of Experts on the Access and Distribution of Benefits of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in addition to working on the elaboration of a legal project on Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge in Uruguay.

An agronomist by training, Ms Rivas has a PhD in Plant Breeding and a Master’s in Genetics.

NEAR EAST

NEAR EAST

Ms Lamis Chalak is a representative of the Near East Region on the BSF-4 Panel of Experts. She has also served on all previous BSF Expert Panels.

Ms Chalak is presently a full professor in the Plant Production Department of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the Lebanese University in Beirut, as well as the Head of the National Committee on Plant Genetic Resources in the Ministry of Agriculture of Lebanon. She has also served as the Head of Plant Production Department at the same University, and as Head of Plant Biotechnology Department at the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute.

In addition, Ms Chalak is also member of the Team of Technical and Legal Experts on Access and Benefit Sharing for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and has served as the National Focal Point for the International Treaty and for the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA). She was the Regional Coordinator for a regional project on “Optimizing the use of Plant Genetic Resources in Iran, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon for adaptation to climate change.” She also led the preparation of the recent country report on “Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture in Lebanon” for the CGRFA, as well as the preparation of the National Strategy for the “Conservation and Management of Plant Genetic Resources in Lebanon” for the Ministry of Agriculture. 

Ms Chalak earned her PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of Montpellier, France.

NORTH AMERICA

NORTH AMERICA

Mr Campbell G. Davidson is one of the representatives of the North America Region on the BSF-4 Panel of Experts. He has also served on previous BSF Expert Panels.

Mr Davidson is a former member of the Canadian Delegation and member of the Bureau of the International Treaty, as well as a delegate to the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. He participated in the “Interim Committee” ahead of the First Governing Body as well as negotiations to develop the SMTA for the International Treaty.

Even after retiring from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where he served as Research Scientist (plant breeding), Research Manager, and advisor in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario, Mr Davidson served as the Chair for USDA External Research Program Review of ornamental crops in 2017; as a member of the Ad hoc Friends of the Co-chairs Group on the Scope of the Multilateral System for the International Treaty (2017); as a Volunteer Facilitator of Biomueso (Museum of Biodiversity) of Panama in 2016; and represented Canada on IICA -Procinorte, Norgen and participated in the SIRGEALC 10 Congress on Genetic Resources for the Americas in Brazil in 2015.  He has also served as Acting Deputy Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria (2006-07). 

 

Ms Tracy Powell  is a representative of the North America Region on the BSF-4 Panel of Experts.

Ms Powell serves as an Agricultural Research Advisor at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where she manages a variety of international agricultural research and development activities, particularly in the areas of crop breeding and biotechnology.

Ms Powell previously served as a science advisor and agricultural development officer at USAID’s Mission to Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, and as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security. She has also worked as a science writer for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, The Economist, and other publications.

Ms Powell earned her PhD in Plant Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

SOUTH WEST PACIFIC

SOUTH WEST PACIFIC

Mr Grahame Jackson is a representative of the South West Pacific Region on the BSF-4 Panel of Experts.

Mr Jackson currently chairs PestNet, an online plant pest and disease diagnostic resource, based in Australia. His most recent experience is in project formulation and appraisal, as well as program implementation and review.

Mr Jackson’s technical expertise lies in plant protection and root crops agronomy, with a particular focus on the Pacific and Asia. His work for national, regional and international organizations has involved tissue culture, plant genetic resources and training. 

 

Mr Sam Johnston is a representative of the South West Pacific Region on the BSF-4 Panel of Experts. He also served on the BSF Expert Panel for the second Call for Proposals.

Mr Johnston is currently a Senior Fellow at the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne in Australia and is a qualified solicitor in Victoria, Australia. He is a member of the Environmental and Social Safeguards (ESS) Experts Roster for the Green Climate Fund (GCF), where he is also a consultant. In addition, he serves as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He is a member of member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Environmental Law Commission and a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Resources. He also advises on and teaches Law of the Sea, International Environmental Law and International Resources Law.

Over the last 30 years, Mr Johnston has worked on genetic resource issues for various UN agencies, including the International Treaty.

Members of the Panel of Experts of the Third Call for Proposals

Members of the Panel of Experts of the Third Call for Proposals


Ms Gigi Manicad
European Region


Mr Jan Valkoun
European Region


Mr Nestor Altoveros
Asia Region


Ms Teresita Borromeo
Asia Region


Mr Ahmed Amri
Africa Region


Mr John Kanthungo
Africa Region

 


Ms Zoila Fundora
Latin and the Caribbean Region


Ms Clara Oliveira Goedert
Latin and the Caribbean Region

 


Ms Lamis Chalak
Near East Region


Mr Seyed Yaghoub
Near East Region

 


Mr Sam Johnston
South West Pacific Region


Mr David Cunningham
South West Pacific Region

 


Mr Bryan Harvey
North America Region


Mr Campbell Davidson
North America Region

 

 

Additional Experts:

 -Mr Peter BRETTING, Senior National Program Leader in Plant Germplasm and Genomes, U.S. Department of Agriculture, ARS.

-Mr Mahamadou SAWADOGO, University lecturer at the University of Ouagadougou and Head for the promotion of research and scientific cooperation under the Ministry of High Education and Scientific Research in Burkina Faso.

-Mr Peter TRUTMANN, President of Global Mountain Action (Switzerland, Peru and Ethiopia).

 

 

Members of the Panel of Experts of the Second Call for Proposals

Members of the Panel of Experts of the Second Call for Proposals

At its Second Session, the Governing Body adopted the Operational Procedures for the Use of Resources under the Direct Control of the Governing Body. One of the main steps in the project cycle of the Benefit-sharing Fund is the appraisal of project proposals. The appraisal is done on the basis of recommendations by a panel of experts designated by the Bureau in consultation with their Regions.

The Bureau of the Third Session of the Governing Body opened the Call for Proposals 2010 and designated the Panel of Experts from a roster of experts to support the appraisal of project proposals submitted within the Call. The Bureau designated fourteen main experts who were designated on their personal capacity. The experts worked without remuneration.

 The appraisal of project proposals was made through a clear, transparent and simple procedure and with the highest quality standards to meet the high expectations on the Benefit-sharing Fund, from applicants, Contracting Parties, donors and possible partner organizations of the Fund. The recommendations made by the Panel to the Bureau helped to ensure that quality and technical merit guided the appraisal and the approval of projects.

The Panel of Experts started its work in early February 2011 and finalized the appraisal of project proposals in July 2011. Individual work was undertaken by the experts, who also met twice in Rome (23-25 February 2011 and 25-27 July 2011) for collective discussions and finalization of the appraisal. Three additional experts who were also designated by the Bureau, assisted to appraise all the proposals.

 


Ms Gigi Manicad
European Region


Mr Jan Valkoun
European Region


Mr Lim Engsiang
Asia Region


Ms Teresita Borromeo
Asia Region


Mr Ahmed Amri
Africa Region


Mr John Kanthungo
Africa Region

 


Ms Zoila Fundora
Latin and the Caribbean Region


Ms Clara Oliveira Goedert
Latin and the Caribbean Region

 


Ms Lamis Chalak
Near East Region


Mr Seyed Yaghoub
Near East Region

 


Mr Sam Johnston
South West Pacific Region


Mr David Cunningham
South West Pacific Region

 


Mr Bryan Harvey
North America Region


Mr Campbell Davidson
North America Region

 

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