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From October the 30th to November the 3rd, FAO’s Seventh Session of the Government Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agricolture took place in Kigali, Rwanda.

The International Treaty’s aims are the conservation and sustainable use of crop genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising of their use. A cornerstone of the International Treaty is the chapter on Farmers’ Rights related to seed and propagating material.  The Treaty highlights the capital role of farmers in feeding the world by cultivating diversity and sets out measures to enhance and promote their rights in this regard.

The Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) – partner of DIVERSIFOOD – attended the Seventh Session of the International Treaty. On November 1st, FNI organized on behalf of DIVERSIFOOD the side event “Community Seed Banks: Sharing Experiences from North and South, in collaboration with Bioversity International and Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD), Nepal.

A presentation by Regine Andersen of FNI highlighted results from the DIVERSIFOOD survey on community seed banks in Europe and experience gathered through global international workshops about Community Seed Banks, with the aim of sparking discussion about future developments and action needed.

Download the Invitation and Program of the event

Download the Report “Community Seed Banks: Sharing Experiences from North and South”

Read the Article “FNI contributes to breakthrough in negotiations under the Plant Treaty”