The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), through the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), just published a comprehensive report describing the current status of conservation and use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) throughout the world.
The Report provides an excellent overview on the status and trends of conservation and use of plant genetic resources, with objective information and analyses on priorities, gaps and needs at the national, regional and global levels.
Two such Reports, titled ”The State of the World’s Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture”, or SoW, for short, have been produced so far. The First (SoW-1) was published in 1998. It assessed the state of plant genetic diversity and capacities at the local and global levels for in situ and ex situ management, conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources.
The Second Report (SoW-2) was based on Country Reports, regional synthesis, thematic studies and published literature. It describes the most significant changes that have taken place since preparation and publication of the First Report, with emphasis on major continuing gaps and needs.
Click here to access a synthetic version of the Second Report (SoW-2).
Click here to access the full version of the Second Report (SoW-2).
Click here to access the Country Reports that provided background for formulation of the SoW-2.
Click here to access thematic studies that supported formulation of the SoW-2.