The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Commission) will consider at its next Session (July 2023) the role of digital sequence information for the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA) and the sharing of benefits derived from them.

Prior to its next session and in response to the Commission’s request, the Global Workshop on Digital Sequence Information and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture will be held on 14 & 15 November 2022. 

The workshop will be held in collaboration with the Convention on Biological Diversity, the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, CABI and the CGIAR Genebank Initiative.

The Global Workshop aims to:

  • raise awareness among relevant stakeholders of the role of DSI for the conservation and sustainable use of GRFA and the sharing of benefits derived from them,
  • address the state of the art of DSI on genetic resources,
  • present possible implications that related technologies might have for research and development related to GRFA, and
  • consider the challenges associated with accessing and making full use of DSI.

The workshop will be held virtually. 

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

The agenda of the workshop and other relevant documents will be published on this webpage, as they become available.

To watch via FAO webcast click below:

14 November: https://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/6050/icode/

15 November: https://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/6051/icode/