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Delegates Convene in Rome to Explore Seed-Based Innovations for Sustainable Agrifood Systems and Biodiversity Preservation

More than 600 delegates from all around the world will gather in Rome, from 20 to 24 November, to discuss how seeds can provide innovative solutions to the sustainable transformation of our agrifood systems and safeguarding biodiversity.

The FAO Headquarters in Rome will host the Tenth Session of the Governing Body (GB-10) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, bringing together delegations from governments, the seed industry, farmers’ organizations, and other stakeholders.

The Governing Body is the largest global policy-making forum for matters relating to the conservation, exchange and management of seeds and other plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA).

The first day of the Conference will commence with an opening ceremony, featuring special guests, and will end with a special event on the theme of the Session: “From Seeds to Innovative Solutions, Safeguarding Our Future: Contributing to the Implementation of the Global Biodiversity Framework for Sustainable Food Systems.” 

The discussions will include possible amendment to the Treaty, a roadmap for the enhancement of the functioning of the major systems of the International Treaty, in addition to the interrelation between the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and the International Treaty.

The agenda of the Session covers a wide array of topics relating to the global Conservation and Sustainable Use of agricultural plants and seeds, sharing of benefits arising from their use, the enhancement of its worldwide gene pool, a decentralized Global Information System, the implementation of Farmers’ Rights at the national level, and the Funding Strategy of the International Treaty.

A major focus of the Session will be the potential of seeds to provide innovative solutions for addressing global challenges such as loss of biodiversity and climate change.

Seeds possess traits that enable crops to withstand or adapt to adverse conditions, including drought, which is becoming increasingly important in the face of climate change the more diverse the seeds, the more resilient our agrifood systems will be.

Additionally, locally-adapted seed varieties can offer improved nutritional profiles, rich in vitamins and minerals. Participants will deliberate on strategies for conserving these seeds in gene banks and in agricultural fields, and making them available for use by researchers, plant breeders and farmers.

By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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