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The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) was adopted by the Thirty-First Session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on 3 November 2001.

The theme of the Seventh Session is ‘The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Role of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.’

“The FAO’s International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is particularly well-placed to help us all move towards fulfilling a number of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals – particularly targets 2.5 and 15.6 with regard to promoting sustainable agriculture and to conserving and using the world’s food crop biodiversity,” said Minister Mukeshimana, speaking on behalf of the Rwandan Government (

  Meeting documents | Side events | Official ITPGRFA website 


Two reports submitted by CGIAR to this meeting of the Governing Body are available at:

Reports from Institutions that have Concluded Agreements with the Governing Body under Article 15 of the International Treaty

Supplementary Information for CGIAR Report: Plant Breeding Impacts, Non-monetary Benefit-sharing and contributions to Farmers’ Rights 



Media coverage 

Bioversity International at the Seventh Session

Exhibition Stand at the Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Credit: Luigi Guarino

M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International, will be one of the speakers giving opening remarks.

Bioversity International will participate in four side events:

30 October | Lunch time (13:15-14:30) AD1

Joint Programme to Implement the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing

Governments of the Netherlands and Rwanda 

31 October | Lunch time (13:15-14:30) AD4 

Centers' Experiences Implementing their Article 15 Agreements with the Governing Body of the Treaty

CGIAR Genebank Platform

1 November Lunch time (13:15-14:30) | AD1

Community Seed Banks: Sharing experiences from North and South

EU Horizon 2020 project DIVERSIFOOD, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Bioversity International, LI-BIRD

2 November | Lunch time (13:15-14:30) | AD4

Implementing Treaty Provisions through Sustainable Use, Conservation and Access to Diversity in Local Farmer Seed Systems

Bioversity International and partner organizations


For a complete list of the side events click here.