Sustainable use and conservation of soil microorganisms and invertebrates contributing to bioremediation and nutrient cycling
Sustainable use and conservation of microorganisms of relevance to ruminant digestion

Biodiversity for food and agriculture is among the Earth’s most important resources. Thousands of species and their genetic variability make up the web of life and are indispensable to adapt to new conditions, including climate change. The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is committed to conserving biodiversity for food and agriculture and promotes its sustainable use for food security and human well-being and development worldwide, for current and future generations.


On the occasion of the Commission’s last session, FAO launched the draft Third Report on the State of the World’s Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. 

In response to the findings of the report, the Commission and its Working Group will review and update the


On 29 April 2024, a virtual event, co-organized with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, will be held to raise awareness of the contribution of farmers’ varieties and landraces to food security and nutrition, highlight relevant initiatives and facilita...

Transforming our agrifood systems to make them more efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable is key to addressing the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Such a transformation requires greater cooperation between the public and private sectors, emp...
40 Years of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Our food depends on a multitude of species and ecosystems, and on a wide range of within-species genetic diversity. But right now this biodiversity...

Diversity of Animal Genetic Resources

More than 2 400 livestock breeds are at risk of extinction, while 600 are already extinct, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)....