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Nations pledge to save and share crop diversity

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Fri, March 18 2011   /  10:00 am

Signatory countries of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture have committed to take crucial steps in implementing the treaty in the face of climate change and food price hikes.

The 127 countries have created the gene pool under the treaty, reaching 1.5 million samples of
the world’s 64 most important food crops.

Meanwhile, a number of the signatories are still in the process of making their crop collections available through the treaty’s sharing system.

“Leading countries are urging other signatories to the treaty to act quickly to help it live up to its potential as a hedge against hunger and climate change,” said Clive Stannard, consultant and former interim secretary of the treaty said during the fourth session of governing body.

“This is the world’s best shot at ensuring equitable access to the world...