Secretariat of the International Treaty launches novel materials for Capacity Development

The first in a series of five educational modules on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was presented to delegates in a side event at the Fourth Session of the Governing Body of the Treaty (14-18 March 2011, Bali, Indonesia).

Over 20 experts from different international institutions, academia, Contracting Parties and civil society organizations have taken part in the realization of educational module 1 “Introduction to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture”.

The module provides general information for newcomers to the Treaty and the crop diversity policy area and explains technical terms and concepts in an easily understandable language. The forthcoming modules focus on the Treaty’s main components: Conservation and sustainable use, Farmers’ Rights, the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing and the Funding Strategy. Each of the modules is built up by several self-contained lessons for specific learner groups.

The modules aim at strengthening stakeholders’ capacities for the operation of the Treaty and to enhance information and raise awareness among the general public. The target learner groups of the modules include policy makers and their staff, civil servants, gene bank staff, plant breeders, farmers’ organizations, other civil society organizations, the media, academia and prospective donors.

The Secretariat of the Treaty is currently seeking additional resources to secure the completion of the series, for the development of a distance-learning course and for the establishment of course programmes in partnerships with institutions of higher education. For information on opportunities to contribute to the realization of these activities please contact the Secretariat.

Educational module 1 can be downloaded online:

For more information please contact:
Patrick Mink ([email protected])
Tel. +39 06 57053069


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