Международный договор о генетических ресурсах растений для производства продовольствия и ведения сельского хозяйства

Educational Modules on the International Treaty

Since the International Treaty’s entry into force in 2004, the need for capacity development on its operation has been increasingly voiced by Contracting Parties and stakeholder groups. The translation of its provisions into effective measures at national level is critical for the full implementation of the International Treaty’s objectives. The development of the educational modules is part of the Secretariat’s response to this need. The work on these training materials was officially welcomed by the Governing Body of the International Treaty at its fourth session.

The Secretariat of the International Treaty has just published its third educational module with the title The Funding Strategy of the International Treaty.

The module is part of a series of training materials that the Secretariat is developing with the aim to strengthen stakeholders’ capacities for the operation of the International Treaty and to enhance information and raise awareness among other interested parties. This is the first time that educational materials on the International Treaty are produced under the coordination of the Secretariat in a participatory process involving international experts and stakeholders of all regions.

Each module consists of several self-contained lessons that elaborate on the provisions of the International Treaty and provide best practices and concrete examples derived from the expertise accumulated during the early phase of implementation.

The full series contains the following modules:

Introduction to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

For the first time educational materials on the International Treaty are produced under the coordination of its Secretariat, through a participatory process involving international experts and stakeholders from all regions. Module 1 provides an up-to-date introduction to the main components of the International Treaty and related instruments and concepts in an easily understandable language to newcomers to the policy area of agricultural biodiversity. It was launched on the occasion of the Fourth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty (March 2011). A version of the course is available online.

Conservation and Sustainable Use under the International Treaty

This second educational module enters into detail about the International Treaty’s provisions related to the conservation and sustainable use of crop diversity. It provides technical background related to conservation and sustainable use and illustrates various examples of implementation at international, regional, national and local levels. Explaining technical aspects within the legal framework for crop diversity management, the module targets both political and scientific stakeholders, as well as other stakeholders in the agriculture sector. It was published in December 2011.

The Funding Strategy of the International Treaty

This educational module provides a historical synopsis of the establishment of the Funding Strategy and substantiates its importance for the achievement of the objectives of the International Treaty. In particular, the module explains the rationale and operation of the Benefit-sharing Fund of the Funding Strategy, and contains an entire lesson explaining the grant-making process of the Benefit-sharing Fund. The module was published in December 2013, just before the launch of the Third Call for Proposals of the Benefit-sharing Fund.

Farmers’ Rights

This module is designed to strengthen stakeholders’ capacities for implementing Farmers’ Rights as reflected in Article 9 of the International Treaty. It provides information and helps to raise awareness among other interested parties, including academia and the media. The Module has been authored and reviewed by experts who have long experience in this area and have written numerous papers about Farmers’ Rights. An interactive course version of this module is also available at the InforMEA Portal (https://e-learning.informea.org/course/index.php?categoryid=8).

Every lesson is tailored to one or several of the following learner groups:

  • Policy makers and their staff
  • Civil servants
  • Gene bank staff
  • Plant breeders
  • Farmers’ organizations
  • Other civil society organizations
  • Media
  • Academia
  • Prospective donors

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