Rwanda will host the Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture from the 30th October to 3rd November 2017 in Kigali.
The event aims at strengthening world food plant pact and ensuring Equity and Food for All.
According to the statement by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the number of hungry in the world is rising due, in part, to climate change and conflict.
“We cannot take our food for granted. Far from it for the first time in a decade, the number of hungry in the world is rising due, in part, to climate change and conflict. At the same time, the world’s population is growing, while our natural sources for food are diminishing,” the statement says.
“The good news is there are concrete efforts afoot to reduce current impacts and prevent possible disasters through the responsible management, use and sharing of the benefits from the world’s life-giving food plants. This is where the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture plays a pivotal role,” it adds.
The Seventh Session of the Governing Body – the global policy forum overseeing the International Treaty – will bring together 144 member nations, plus experts, observer countries, non-governmental organizations, scientists and farmers’ representatives to take some important decisions to strengthen their pact and to ensure “that our children’s children can enjoy food and agriculture nutrition originating from plants,” says the statement.
It also states that “80% of our plant food comes from just 64 crops” where all countries are dependent on other countries for their food crops and forages.
Through the International Treaty, countries work together to ensure the availability of the basic material needed to grow food and cultivate agriculture.
“The number of food and agriculture plants currently covered under the International Treaty is limited to 64, providing humans with 80% of their food intake from plants. However, a number of key food plants are yet to be included in this list, so that together, countries can make sure that these resources will benefit us all, not just today, but in the future. This will be a key point of discussion during the Kigali session of the Governing Body,” says FAO statement.
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