• 18.02.2015 -

    8th Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources, FAO, Rome

    The Report of the FAO 8th Session of the ITWG AnGR, held from 26-28 November 2014, is now available. The draft of The second report on the state of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture as presented at the Session is available online  ERFP National Coordinators are invited to give the technical comments on this Draft Second Report to the ERFP Secretariat.[more]


  • 18.02.2015 -

    Background Study on Ecosystem Services Provided by Livestock Species and Keepers

    In December 2014 FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) published Background Study Paper 66 titled, 'Ecosystem Services Provided by Livestock Species and Breeds, with Special Consideration to the Contributions of Small-Scale Livestock Keepers and Pastoralists.' The study was developed on the basis of a global and a European survey on ecosystem services provided by livestock species and breeds in grazing systems; County Reports for 'The second report on the State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture;' an extensive literature review; and an assessment of breed types by livestock production systems. Publication is now available. [more]


  • 15.12.2014 -

    Reminder: 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

    The Fifteenth Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture will be held at FAO Headquarters in Rome from 19 to 23 January 2015. The opening meeting will begin at 10.00 hours on Monday 19 January 2015. The Session will be preceded by a one-day Special Event on Food Security and Genetic Diversity, on 16 January 2015, an information seminar on the topic "Towards The State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture", on 17 January 2015, and by regional consultations on 18 January 2015.  [more]


  • 31.10.2014 -

    Reminder: 8th Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

    The Eighth Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture will be held at FAO Headquarters in Rome from 26-28 November 2014. The opening meeting will begin at 9.30 on Wednesday, 26 November 2014. The Session is being convened under the Regular Pro-gramme of the Organization. Simultaneous translations in Arabic, English, French and Spanish will be available. (more information)[more]


  • 08.09.2014 -

    Preparatory action on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

    This study has been commissioned by the European Commission. The objectives are to identify, describe and analyze the activities on the conservation and sustainable use of agricultural and forest genetic resources and to identify missing links and actions to be addressed in future actions. The first task is a mapping exercise, aiming at identifying and listing initiatives, existing databases, collections and their corresponding key stakeholders. Therefore the Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity (IBV) of the German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE), as a subcontracter, will ask the National Coordinators of the EU Member States for contact information of...[more]


  • 25.08.2014 -

    Scrapie reduction unlikely without effective breeding programme

    Over the last ten years experts of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have monitored scrapie in sheep and goats. They came to the conclusion that an eradication policy that relies only on the detection and culling of infected flocks and does not include breeding programmes for resistance is unlikely to succeed.(more information)[more]


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