Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) are essential to sustainable agriculture and food security. They are the raw materials to meet the current and future needs of crop improvement and adaptation programmes. It is therefore very important to conserve and sustainably use them.

WIEWS is the information system used by FAO for the preparation of periodic, country-driven global assessments of the status of conservation and use of PGRFA. WIEWS also monitors, on the basis of country reports, the implementation of the Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, adopted in 2011. National Focal Points, appointed by Governments, may provide relevant information through a dedicated Reporting tool.

 

Key Information

WIEWS provides access to official data on the implementation of the:

 

Plant component of indicator 2.5.1 of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, ZERO HUNGER (see also data displayed on maps);

 

Second Global Plan of Action for PGRFA (Second GPA), its 18 priority activities and 58 monitoring indicators, agreed by the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Key Publication

Second Global Plan of Action for PGRFA

 

The Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was adopted by the FAO Council at its 143rd Session in 2011. It updates the Global Plan of Action for Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources which was adopted at the Fourth International Technical Conference on Plant Genetic Resources held in Leipzig in 1996.

 

The Second Global Plan of Action addresses new challenges, such as climate change and food insecurity, as well as novel opportunities, including information, communication and molecular methodologies. It contains 18 priority activities grouped in four main areas: In situ Conservation and Management; Ex situ Conservation; Sustainable Use; and Building Sustainable Institutional and Human Capacities. 

 

See http://www.fao.org/wiews/en/