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Special Event: The Contribution of Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture to Resilience and
16th Session of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 16)

28 January and 30 January - 3 February 2017 | FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

CGRFA 16 Highlights for Wednesday, 1 February 2017

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Delegates from Senegal and Namibia consult on the third day of CGRFA 16

CGRFA 16 CGRFA 16 delegates met in plenary to continue discussing sectoral matters including: review of implementation of the second Global Plan of Action on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (GPA-PGR 2); preparation of the third report on the State of the World’s PGRFA (SOW-PGR 3); review of implementation of the GPA for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources (GPA-FGR); and status of the Commission’s work on microorganisms and invertebrates.

The contact group on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) met at lunchtime and in the evening to discuss intersessional work on ABS elements in agricultural subsectors. The Committee on the Strategic Plan and Multi-year Programme of Work 2018-2027 met in the evening.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided digital coverage and a summary report of the Special Event: The Contribution of Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture to Resilience. In addition, IISD Reporting Services produced daily reports, daily digital coverage, and a summary and analysis report from CGRFA 16. The summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF format.

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Morning Plenary


View of the dais during the morning plenary


Cho Chang Yeon, CGRFA 16 Chair

Chikelu Mba, FAO


Flavia Zammit, Malta, speaking on behalf of the EU

Tomotaro Nishikawa, Japan

Seuseu Tauati, Samoa, speaking on behalf of the Southwest Pacific


Christina Blank, Switzerland

Hussein Al Zubi, Syria


Delegates raise their placard to speak


Michael Halewood, Bioversity International

Mayra Caldera, US


Hamad Saket Al-Shamari, Qatar

Chaouki Alfaiz, Morocco

Svanhild-Isabelle Batta Torheim, Norway


Mahaman Mourtala Issa Zakari, Niger

Kuldeep Singh, India



Afternoon Plenary


View of the dais during the afternoon plenary


Médi Moungui, Cameroon

Johanna Wider, Germany


Sibidou Sina, Chair, Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources (ITWG-FGR)

Jarkko Koskela, FAO

Larissa Maria Lima Costa, Brazil


Thembinkosi Gumedze, Swaziland

Kalaya Boonyanuwat, Thailand



Cesar Tapia, Ecuador

Antonio Gonzalez, International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty


Kim van Seeters, the Netherlands, speaking on behalf of the European Regional Group

Dickson Nguni, Zambia

Ji Hee Jeong, Korea  


Lala Aimé Razafinjara, Madagascar

Afaf Abdelrahim Elgozouli, Sudan



Informal Consultations Throughout the Day


Contact Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture


The Committee on the Strategic Plan and Multi-year Programme of Work 2018-2027


Delegates huddle to discuss matters informally


Side Events During the Day


Delegates attend a side event entitled 'Strengthening women’s capacity in biodiversity and nutrition through farmer field schools'


Delegates attend a side event entitled 'Access and benefit-sharing of animal genetic resources: community protocols and other perspectives'


Around the Venue


Delegates from Canada, Argentina and Germany speak in the corridors


Delegates speak informally



Delegates attend the launch of a photography exhibition hosted by Malta in celebration of the Maltese
Presidency of the Council of the European Union at the FAO






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and CGRFA 16, has been provided by FAO