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The Platform for the Co-Development and Transfer of Technologies

Stakeholders in the International Treaty are empowered to utilise technologies for the conservation, characterization, evaluation and use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.  The Treaty calls for technology transfer as a primary form of non-monetary benefit-sharing, in its Article 13.

The Platform for the Co-Development and Transfer of Technologies was established as a direct follow-up of the Rio Six-point Action Plan for the International Treaty adopted in 2012 at the Second High-Level Round Table of the Treaty, on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

The Platform facilitates the discussion and coordination on issues related to the identification of gaps and the development of technology packets in the context of the International Treaty.  The Platform, with its objectives and operating principles, was presented to the Fifth and Sixth Sessions of the Governing Body in 2013 and 2015 and adopted as part of the Programme of Work on Sustainable Use as a mechanism to build partnerships for the co-development and transfer of technologies relevant to PGRFA.

At its first meeting in Brazil the Platform decided to create technology transfer packets, while at its second and third meetings in Indonesia and Italy, it further advanced on the development of the analysis of existing initiatives and methodologies for needs assessment.

The Platform is operating under the presidency of Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) -Government of Indonesia-, which is providing the hosting and liaison unit. The work of the Platform is to connect to other Treaty systems and mechanisms, in particular, the Multilateral System, the Benefit-sharing Fund, the Training programme and the programme of work on Sustainable Use.

Since then, the Platform has further developed its initial programme of work through the holding of annual meetings, and a range of activities that includes the development of joint international studies and services for its partners.

Mission

Mission

Objectives of the Platform

The Platform seeks:

  1. To respond to needs identified and problems perceived by target beneficiaries, namely small farmers and their communities;
  2. To create a functioning network of institutions with the skills and experience to support and undertake initiatives and projects that aim to co-develop and transfer technologies to beneficiaries in developing countries; 
  3. To contribute to food security, and the social and economic development of the target beneficiaries, through the establishment of a “one-stop shop” for coherent “technology packets”, based on the understanding of technology co-development and transfer pathways and the mapping of actors involved;
  4. To promote the co-development and transfer of technologies, recognizing that technology transfer requires a range of supporting activities, in particular information sharing and capacity- and institution- building;
  5. To mobilize in-kind contributions from both the public and the private sectors for this purpose;
  6. To mobilize financial and in-kind support to deliver relevant technologies, including through the Treaty’s Benefit-sharing Fund;
  7. To support the implementation of the Benefit-sharing Fund project cycle through the provision of relevant expert advice and capacity

Principles of the Platform

The Platform adheres to the following principles:

  1. The Platform considers that technology transfer is a means to deliver benefits to target beneficiaries, rather than an end in itself.
  2. The Platform follows a problem solving-based approach (i.e. the identification of existing constraints as the basis for undertaking technology co-development and transfer).
  3. The Platform recognizes that there is a wide range of approaches to technology transfer, and a broad range of potential solutions, in responding to needs. Hence, the Platform does not adopt a single model of technology co-development and transfer; it evaluates the usefulness of different models based on parameters such as the capacity to lead to integrated technology packets and to technologies adapted to the needs of small farmers and their communities.
  4. The Platform pursues technology co-development and transfer along the entire value chain, from the distribution of germplasm for research and breeding to the release of improved varieties to farmers, including through technologies in support of the Global Information System of Article 17 of the International Treaty.
  5. The establishment of and progress with the Platform will be reported to sessions of the Governing Body.
  6. The Platform will consult with a wide range of stakeholders in the International Treaty, in developing and implementing its activities.
  7. In keeping with the Treaty’s multilateral objectives, genetic material developed in the context of initiatives and projects supported by the Platform will be available through the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing.

Programme of work

Programme of work

Programmes

Platform for the Co-Development and Transfer of Technologies within the context of non-monetary benefit-sharing

Expected Results GB 7th (2017)

a. Convening of annual meetings of the Platform

b. Preparation of a study on innovation systems and technology cycles for the sustainable use of PGRFA

c. Development of pilot technology packets for developing countries (selected crops)

d. Development of an online platform to facilitate the documentation and transfer of the packets in connection with the Global Information System

e. Definition of an Action Plan for partnerships between the public and private sector in pre-breeding (selected crops)

Expected Results GB 8th (2019)

f. Convening of annual meetings of the Platform

g. Further structuring and delivery of technology packets for different innovation systems

h. Implementation of pilot partnerships for prebreeding

i. Strengthening the linkages between the use of varieties and species on-farm and information tools for plant breeding 

Possible Implementing Partners

Working and advisory partners of the Platform; the Integrated Breeding Platform

Meetings

Meetings

In Resolution 4/2011, the Governing Body called for the necessary measures to realize technology transfer to be facilitated. The Governing Body may wish to note that the Rio Six Point Action Plan for the International Treaty, which was adopted at the Second High-level Round Table of the Treaty, recommends, as one of the priority actions to be undertaken by stakeholders in the Treaty, to establish a platform for the co-development and transfer of technology within the context of non-monetary benefit-sharing under the Treaty.

The Rio Six-Point Action Plan for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture:

  1. To establish a Platform for the Co-Development and Transfer of Technologies, within the context of non-monetary benefit-sharing under the Treaty;
  2. To promote a public-private partnership for pre-breeding,;
  3. To facilitate a new Keystone-type dialogue, to complete the governance of all plant genetic resources for food and agriculture under the Treaty;
  4. To raise awareness of the actual and potential value of underutilized species of local and regional importance for food security and sustainable development;
  5. To sensibilize policy makers and other key stakeholders about the importance of fully implementing the Treaty, not only for food and agriculture, but also for food security, nutrition and the resilience of agriculture systems, particularly in the context of the climate change; and
  6. To explore the possible expansion the list of the crops included in the Annex I to the Treaty

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