Published Friday , on 7 July 2017, 18:06:22 by Christophe Hitayezu

07 July 2017, Kigali, Rwanda- Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal resources has confirmed that her country will be hosting the 7th Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Kigali from 30 October – 03 November 2017.

Hon. Minister Geraldine Mukeshimana made the announcement on 03 July 2017 during the 40th Session of the FAO Conference in Rome, Italy.

The Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal resources, Mukeshimana Gerardine
This is the first time a country in Sub-Saharan Africa will host a session of the Treaty’s Governing Body.

Minister Mukeshimana, speaking on behalf of the Rwandan Government said:
“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.

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

The 7th session of the Governing Body in Kigali will be preceded by 2-days of regional and inter-regional consultations and other special events on 28-29 October 2017.

Kent Nnadozie, Secretary (ad interim) of the International Treaty said there are some critical issues to be discussed at the 7th Session of the Governing Body.

“Two of those issues revolve around the possibility of expanding and enhancing the basket of crops exchanged through the Treaty’s Multilateral System, and the review of its Funding Strategy to provide a more reliable base of financial resources,” said Kent.

FAO member countries have exchanged more than 4.1 million seeds and other resources belonging to food crops essential for human nutrition and well-being, but the inclusion of some key vegetables and other food-producing plants have yet to be agreed on.

Minister Mukeshimana reiterated Rwanda’s commitment to “working together towards the common goal of ending hunger,” citing the ongoing efforts to strengthen Rwanda’s fourth Strategic Plan for agriculture transformation (PSTA4) to address issues of productivity, youth employment and climate change.

The Strategic Plan will guide the update of the agriculture sector investment plan needed to fast track the zero hunger goal in Rwanda.

FAO is supporting Rwanda’s Ministry of Agriculture to formulate the 6-year PSTA4.

About the Plant treaty:

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was adopted by the 31st Session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on 3 November 2001.

The Treaty aims at:

• recognizing the enormous contribution of farmers to the diversity of crops that feed the world;
• establishing a global system to provide farmers, plant breeders and scientists with access to plant genetic materials;
• ensuring that recipients share benefits they derive from the use of these genetic materials with the countries where they have been originated.