Variety of vegetables

On the penultimate day of GB 9, an air of cautious optimism permeated the meeting hall as informal discussions on the resolution on farmers’ rights, one of the traditionally controversial items for the Treaty, concluded. Among the outcomes, a global symposium on farmers’ rights is expected to be hosted by India in 2023.

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  Yasmina El Bahloul, Chairperson, ITPGRFA GB 9

Yasmina El Bahloul, Chairperson, ITPGRFA GB 9

Plenary was frantically busy, as delegates worked late into the night to finalize consideration of all draft resolutions. Among the day’s highlights, the Federation of Seed Industry of India made a donation of two million Indian Rupees (approx. USD 25,000) to the Treaty’s Benefit-sharing Fund (BSF).

Federation of Seed Industry of India makes donation of approx 25,000 USD to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

From L-R: Kent Nnadozie, Secretary, ITPGRFA; Ajai Rana, Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII); Shivendra Bajaj Executive Director, FSII Secretariat; and Arvind Kapur, FSII

François Pythoud (Switzerland) and Sunil Archak (India), Co-Facilitators of the contact group on enhancing the Multilateral System (MLS), presented the draft resolution to plenary. They underscored that all participants in the contact group were “very eager to restart the process and enhance the MLS,” thanking them for their constructive contributions during the deliberation. Plenary approved the resolution reestablishing the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to enhance the Treaty’s MLS, and nominated Michael Ryan (Australia) and Sunil Archak as Working Group Co-Chairs.

View of the room during the contact group

View of the room during the contact group on farmers' rights

Small groups continued negotiations late into the night on the Multi-Year Programme of Work, the Global Information System, and conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

All ENB photos are free to use with attribution. For the 9th Session of the ITPGRFA Governing Body, please use: Photo by IISD/ENB | Mike Muzurakis

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