The 20th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will bring together Commission members to discuss cross-sectoral, strategic, and procedural matters.
The CGRFA is the only permanent intergovernmental body that specifically deals with all components of biodiversity for food and agriculture, including plants, animals, aquatic resources, forests, micro-organisms, and invertebrates. The Commission initiates, oversees, and guides the preparation of global cross-sectoral and sector assessments of genetic resources for food and agriculture. Based on these assessments, the Commission may decide on policy responses, such as initiating Global Plans of Action, through which governments commit to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and genetic resources in the respective sector. The Commission then reviews the outcomes of implementation as part of further global assessments, which occur at roughly ten-year intervals.
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dates: 24-28 March 2025
location: Roma, Lazio, Italy