This Figure is a flow chart showing how the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture gets its information and how it flows into the system for the good of everyone. The benefit sharing fund receives voluntary contributions as well as contributions from the private sector and other places. The benefit sharing fund then follows priorities, criteria, and operational procedures to pass the information and contributions to on-farm conservation, information exchange, and sustainable use. One priority is farmers in developing countries who conserve and sustainably utilize PGRFA. The Multilateral System has received greater than 1.2 million accessions of genetic material. There are more than 600 transfers every day worldwide and there were over 440,000 transfers in the first year alone.

FIGURE 19-1The main operational systems and mechanisms of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

SOURCE: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, http://www.planttreaty.org/

From: 19, The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources

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