Tenth Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-10)

8-12 November 2004, Rome, Italy

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Highlights for Thursday, 11 November 2004

Delegates to the tenth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-10) approved the future work of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITWG-PGR) and addressed the future work of the Commission. Above photo: Delegates from Africa in consultation on the Chair's  "Summary of Ideas".

future work of the commission:

Chair Eng-Siang Lim (above left) (Malaysia) invited views on the future work of the Commission.

José Esquinas-Alcázar, CGRFA Secretary, underscored the urgent need to stop genetic erosion and combat hunger through preserving agricultural biodiversity. Above photo: José Esquinas-Alcázar, CGRFA Secretary in discussion with Sally Bunning (FAO)

Malaysia, on behalf of ASIA, urged implementation of activities on plant and animal genetic resources and suggested that the Secretariat provide an overview of forestry, fishery and microbial genetic resources. Above photo: Malaysian delegation waiting to make an intervention. From left: Han Hee Chan, Adrien Kumar Raymond and Mohd Shukor Nordin (Malaysia)

Concerned about broadening the scope of work beyond capacities, AUSTRALIA gave highest priority to ITPGR implementation. Above photo: Bill Roberts (Australia)

ECUADOR proposed a new working group on agricultural genetic resources and cultural practices, and an international study on quantification of genetic resource loss. Cesar Tapia (Ecuador)

Angola, on behalf of the AFRICAN GROUP, stressed poverty and hunger eradication as precondition for biodiversity conservation, and requested the Commission to focus on enabling activities. Above photo: Elizabeth Matos (Angola) and Djemali M'naouer (Tunisia)

BRAZIL noted agreement in the G-77 on continuing work on the code of conduct on biotechnology. Above photo L-R: Arthur Mariante and Saulo Ceolin (Brazil)

The Philippines, on behalf of ASIA, supported Thailand's  request of a study on avian influenza and its impact on genetic resources and food security. Above photo L-R: Han Hee Chan (Malaysia) and Maris Gavino (The Philippines) 

The ACTION GROUP ON EROSION, TECHNOLOGY AND CONCENTRATION (ETC GROUP) emphasized the need to create a panel on farmers’ and livestock keepers’ rights, and suggested studying ways of facilitating indigenous participation. Above photo L-R: Pat Mooney (ETC Group) and Li Chin Lim, Third World Network (TWN)

The INTERNATIONAL PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES INSTITUTE (IPGRI) offered to contribute to developing the agro-ecosystem approach. Above photo: Participants from IPGRI and CGIAR in an animated conversation. From left: Jane Toll, Emile Frison, Sami Gaiji (IPGRI) and N. Ruariaidh Sackville Hamilton, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Lunchtime Briefing about the
International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) 

Makoto Tabata (right), International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) outlined key issues relating to the UPOV convention, including voluntary protection of "farmers' privileges" to save seeds and implementation in harmony with other international instruments such as TRIPs and the CBD.  


Above photos L-R: Hamdallah Zedan, CBD Executive Secretary, David Cooper (CBD), Hans Hoogeven (The Netherlands), Arturo Martinez (FAO), Alvaro Toledo (CGRFA) and Linda Collette (FAO)

Above photos L-R: Maris Gavino (The Philippines), Tang Shengyao (China), and Luis Bombin (CGRFA)

Above photos L-R: Jane Toll (IPGRI), Patrick Mulvany (ITDG), Rebecca Musyoka (Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum), Clive Stannard (CGRFA), Juan Villar (Friends of the Earth), Li Ching Lim (TWN), and Margaret Mohapi (South Africa)

Above photos L-R: Havald Bajovat (Germany), Siboniso Moyo (Zimbabwe), and Hasan H. Sharaf (Kuwait)

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ITPGR IC-1 ENB Summary Report (HTML, PDF, TEXT)

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