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Benefit-sharing Fund

Leading the Field Initiative

An estimated 75% of plant genetic material has been lost over the last 100 years and we have become dangerously reliant on only a few varieties of rice, potatoes, maize, wheat, beans and other staple foods. Given the potential enormity of the food crisis facing the world, the 7-10 year breeding cycles for most crops and the pressing need for investment now, the Treaty is committed to making its $116 million resource mobilization effort – Leading the Field – a great success.

Leading the Field requires multiyear investments at the highest level from governments, foundations, corporations, philanthropists and interested others. A tiered structure has been adopted to help provide prospective public sector donors with guidance on funding levels, with Spain making the first Tier I investment at nearly $3 million. A number of countries are considering “top of the tier” contributions at Tier I, II and III levels. Task Force members are meeting on a regular basis to help focus and drive the initiative.

The International Decade of Biodiversity, from 2011–2020, creates an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of crop diversity and make real progress toward achieving food security, alleviating poverty and adapting to climate change.

The Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan is now fully operational. Contracting Parties, International Foundations, the Private Sector and Individuals are being encouraged to invest with Spain announcing the first major investment to the Fund in December 2009.  It is anticipated that the Fund will achieve:


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Cumulative target






As the Fund has been initiated by 123 member nations, it is anticipated that they will play a leading role in its success. Contracting Parties are being asked to contribute based on:

  • Size and capacity: a prospect’s assets, profits and/or other wealth indicators;
  • Alignment with the aims of the Treaty: an interest in biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, or international cooperation.
  • Demonstration of philanthropy: a history of commitments to other organizations or a record of substantial philanthropic support for relevant and/or similar causes. 

High-Level Task Force on Resource Mobilization

High-Level Task Force on Resource Mobilization

The Special Task Force helps raise awareness about the Treaty and the  Benefit-sharing Fund within Contracting Parties, as well as among other potential  contributors.  Their members act as ambassadors for the Treaty and make contacts within their spheres of influence on behalf of the Benefit-sharing  Fund. They help identify prospects, make appropriate introductions, share their  ideas and energetically assist in helping secure contributions for the Benefit-sharing  Fund.



Oman (Chair)

H.E. Dr Fuad Bin Jaafar Al-Sajwani

Minister of Agriculture andFisheries Wealth


H.E. Andrä Rupprechter

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management


H.E. Gerd Müller

Federal Minister for Development


H.E. Christian Schmidt

Minister of Food and Agriculture


H.E. Amran Sulaiman

Minister of Agriculture


H.E. Maurizio Martina

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policy


Prof. M.S. Swaminathan

Founder, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation


H.E. Hanne M. Blåfjelldal

State Secretary and Food


Prof Adel El-Beltagy

Chairperson of the International Drylands Development Commission


Former Members of the High-Level Task Force

H.E. Dr Suswono

former Minister of Agriculture of Indonesia

H.E. Mr Lars Peder Brekk

former Minister of Agriculture and Food

Booklet - Case for Support

Booklet - Case for Support

Case for Support

The Treaty’s Benefit-sharing Fund is a unique mechanism which finances high impact projects supporting farmers in developing countries, addressing food security, adaptation to climate change and agricultural biodiversity.

Thanks to the two first project cycles, one million people have benefited from activities directly or indirectly, most of whom are small-holder farmers.


Case for Support

Leading the Field

Reducing the Negative Impacts of Migration




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