Fourth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
14-18 March 2011 (Bali, Indonesia)

Marked by streamlined processes and a focus on substantive debates, the session was successful in tackling its diverse agenda and adopting significant outcomes. In particular, the Governing Body adopted procedures and mechanisms on compliance, and reached consensus on the long-standing item of the financial rules of the Governing Body. It also adopted resolutions on a number of items, including farmers’ rights, sustainable use and implementation of the Funding Strategy.

In the resolution on farmers’ rights, the Governing Body recalls that farmers’ rights is one of the key components of the ITPGR and, among others: requests the Secretariat to convene regional workshops on farmers’ rights, subject to availability of funding; encourages parties to submit views, experiences and best practices on the implementation of farmers’ rights; invites parties to consider convening national and local consultations on farmers’ rights with the participation of farmers and other stakeholders; requests the Secretariat to collect and submit these views, as well as reports from regional workshops to GB 5; and encourages parties to engage farmers’ organizations and relevant stakeholders in matters related to the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, through awareness raising and capacity building.

In the resolution on the Funding Strategy, it is noted that the Treaty’s benefit-sharing fund has mobilized US$10 million in the first 18 months, now available for the second round of the project cycle. The thematic focus for the 2010 call for proposals is to help ensure sustainable food security by assisting farmers to adapt to climate change. Project selection is expected to be finalized in the next few weeks by an international committee, using a transparent process and criteria based on quality, relevance and technical merit. The fund has also secured official recognition as an Adaptation Funding Mechanism under the Adaptation Funding Interface of the UNFCCC. Visit the meeting website … Read the IISD Reporting Services summary report of the meeting … Read an ITPGR Secretariat press release: Countries approve in Bali additional funding to support on-farm conservation