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Implementing the ITPGRFA: Developing-country concerns

Siang, Lim Eng (2008):
Implementing the ITPGRFA: Developing-country concerns
SAWTEE Policy Brief, No. 16, 2008
(Kathmandu, Nepal: SAWTEE)


The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) entered into force on 29 June 2004. In addition to dealing with various aspects of conservation, management and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), this historic accord, while representing a legally binding, international commitment to improvement of the world’s key food and feed crops, provides for farmers’ rights. After accesssion to the Treaty, there is a need for each Contracting Party to review its existing policies, laws and regulations and, if required, adopt new policies, laws and regulations to ensure that the obligations under the Treaty are effectively implemented. In this regard, it is crucial for each Contracting Party to work out a strategic plan to implement the Treaty within the context of its national vision of social, economic and cultural development, and international cooperation. This Policy Brief analyses some of the Treaty provisions and provides a general view on some of the major concerns of developing countries while implementing their obligations under the Treaty.

This policy brief can be downloaded from this page.
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