Launch of the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

Sheikh Zayed Centre (FAO Headquarters)
 Rome time

Biodiversity that supports agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture is vital to efforts to meet humanity’s growing need for food, feed, fibre and fuel while protecting the planet for future generations.


The first report on “The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture” is an essential step in creating a comprehensive picture of the state and use of this biodiversity, thus providing a strong foundation for the design of effective interventions towards more sustainable, resilient food systems.


Five years in the making, the report engaged over 175 authors and reviewers, who based their analysis on 91 country reports prepared by over 1,300 contributors. This global and participatory report is a milestone in the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.


The report prepared under the guidance of FAO’s Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture details the many benefits biodiversity brings to food and agriculture; examines how farmers, pastoralists, forest dwellers and fisherfolk have shaped and maintained biodiversity; identifies major drivers of both positive and negative trends, and presents trends in biodiversity-friendly production practices.


Hashtag: #Biodiversity

Topics: Biodiversity
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