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A mutual reinforcing system: The International Plant Treaty and its Benefit-sharing Fund










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    The International Plant Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund 2021
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    The International Plant Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund programme successfully supports farmers and indigenous communities to meet challenges of biodiversity loss, climate change and food insecurity. This infographic shows the approaches and results of the programme and how these enrich the International Plant Treaty's global reservoir of knowledge, information and plant genetic resources
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    Evaluation of the Benefit-sharing Fund second project cycle International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture 2017
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    This report outlines the main findings, conclusions and recommendations of the independent evaluation of the second project cycle of the Benefit-sharing Fund (BSF II) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). The evaluation focused on the 19 concluded projects funded between 2011 and 20151 under the first batch of BSF II. The evaluation covers the two funding windows of the second project cycle. The Operational Procedures for the use of resources under the direct control of the Treaty’s Governing Body stipulate that “at the conclusion of each project cycle of the BSF, a final evaluation should be conducted”. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess “the extent to which the concluded projects funded through the second cycle of the BSF have helped increase food security and community resilience among vulnerable farmers and the rural population in developing countries through the management and conservation of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA)”. The evaluation findings are presented in Chapter 3 of the Evaluation Report.
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    Evaluation of the third project cycle of the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on the Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
    MTF/INT/019/MUL and GCP/GLO/407/EC
    2022
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    In 2020, the FAO Office of Evaluation (OED) launched the evaluation of the third project cycle of the Benefit-sharing Fund (BSF). The evaluation assessed the results of the programme and provided lessons learned and recommendations to inform the further development of the BSF programme. The BSF was established in 2009 by the Contracting Parties of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in the spirit of multilateralism to fund projects in developing countries to increase crop diversity and enable a dynamic exchange of plant genetic material for increased adaptation, agricultural diversification and food security. Since its inception, a total of USD 26 million has been invested in four project cycles. Nine recommendations emerge from this evaluation. These include the need to capitalize on BSF achievements by highlighting PGRFA as an indispensable element of farmers’ food and nutrition security while building on the biodiversity and climate change nexus to further advance the BSF’s alignments with SDG 2 (end hunger), SDG 13 (climate action) and the Paris Agreement on enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change by further sharpening, illustrating and concretizing the strategic importance of PGRFA to a resilient food and nutrition security in the context of climate change.

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