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Training Resources

This page links to educational and training materials on the International Treaty. It facilitates the dissemination of resources for trainers, students, self-learners and other interested individuals and institutions alike.

The main audiences of these training resources include stakeholder groups of the International Treaty such as policy makers and their staff, civil servants, gene bank staff, plant breeders, farmers’ organizations and other civil society organizations, as well as the media and academia.

The portal thereby serves to strengthen capacities and knowledge on the International Treaty among all its stakeholders and increases information and awareness on the operation and importance of the International Treaty among the general public.

All materials are digitized and offered free of charge for educational and other non-commercial purposes.


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.


Explanatory Guide to the International Treaty (IUCN) 

The objective of this guide is to promote greater understanding of the International Treaty’s text and its possible implications. It was produced by the Environmental Law Centre of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and Bioversity International and published in 2005.


Plant Genetic Resources and Food Security. Stakeholder Perspectives on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Plant Genetic Resources and Food Security explains clearly the different interests and views at stake between all players in the global food chain. It touches upon many issues such as international food governance and policy, economic aspects of food and seed trade, conservation and sustainable use of food and agricultural biodiversity, hunger alleviation, ecological concerns, consumers' protection, fairness and equity between nations and generations, plant breeding techniques and socio-economic benefits related to food local economies.


The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture - Learning Module (Bioversity International)

The aim of this learning module produced by Bioversity International is to develop knowledge and skills to implement the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing of the International Treaty and to use its Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA).  

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