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Second Report on the State of the World's PGRFA

State of the World's
Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture



Recognizing the importance of plant genetic resources for food agriculture, the FAO Conference, at its Twenty-sixth Session in 1991, agreed that a Report on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources should be developed.

The report should analyze the current plant genetic resources situation, and describe activities and programmes being carried out by national, regional, international and non-governmental organizations, with the aim of identifying gaps, constraints and emergency situations; this would allow the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture to recommend priorities and ways of harmonizing the overall effort.

The first Report on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was published in 1998. It was welcomed by 150 countries at the Fourth International Technical Conference, held in Leipzig, Germany in 1996, as the first comprehensive worldwide assessment of the status and use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

In 2002, the Commission, at its Ninth Regular Session, agreed that work should progress on the development of the second Report on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and stressed that the preparatory process should be fully integrated with the process of monitoring the implementation of the Global Plan of Action.

According to Article 17.3 of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, "the Contracting Parties shall cooperate with the Commission ... in its periodic reassessment of the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in order to facilitate the updating of the rolling Global Plan of Action".


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