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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 Tuesday, 31 January 2017

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A view of Rome

Delegates and members of the Secretariat speak informally on the second day of CGRFA 16

CGRFA 16 CGRFA 16 delegates met in plenary to continue discussing cross-sectoral matters, including: access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA); review of the work programme on climate change and GRFA; and review of implementation of targets and indicators for GRFA.

Delegates also addressed sectoral issues, including: the outcomes of the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Working Group on Aquatic Genetic Resources (ITWG-AQGR) and the draft of the first report on the State of the World’s Aquatic Genetic Resources (SOW-AQGR); the outcomes of the ninth meeting of the ITWG on Animal Genetic Resources (ANGR); and the review of implementation of the Global Plan of Action (GPA) on ANGR.

The open-ended Committee on the Commission’s Strategic Plan and Multi-year Programme of Work (MYPOW) 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

Irene Hoffmann, CGRFA Secretary, FAO


Rosalinda González Santos, Mexico

Andrew Neustaetter, US

Ahmed Khalaf Alshamri, Saudi Arabia


André Laoubaï, Central African Republic

Marcela Costagliola, Argentina



Teresa Agüero Teare, Chile

Christiane Deslauriers, Canada

Abubaker Adam Mohamed Idrees, Sudan


Rosaliza Jajuli, Malaysia

Kathryn Garforth, CBD Secretariat

Antonio Gonzalez, International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty


Salah Chouaki, Algeria


Afternoon Plenary


View of the dais during the afternoon plenary


Deidre Januarie, Chair, Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ANGR)

M'Naouer Djemali, Tunisia


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

Paul Boettcher, FAO

Larissa Maria Lima Costa, Brazil



Eiji Domon, Japan

Nii Quaye-Kumah, Ghana, speaking on behalf of Africa


Maeen Ali Al-Javmouzi, Yemen

Lupiño Lazaro, the Philippines

Rebeca Cutié Cancino, Cuba



Side Events During the Day


Delegates attend a side event entitled 'The Second Report on the State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture'


Delegates attend a side event entitled 'Preparing for the Seventh Session of the Governing Body: 2017 Outlook'


Around the Venue


Delegates from Switzerland speak informally during plenary


Delegates between sessions



Delegates from China discuss a document

A delegate reads the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services (IISD-RS) website






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Specific funding for coverage of the Special Event: The Contribution of Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture to Resilience,
and CGRFA 16, has been provided by FAO