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GB-9 Side Event: Safeguarding Crop Diversity in an Unpredictable World


19 Sep 2022 - 19 Sep 2022
Safeguarding Crop Diversity in an Unpredictable World event

We live in an increasingly uncertain world. Every day presents genebanks with fresh challenges. These challenges need new, urgent, imaginative responses. The Crop Trust and the International Plant Treaty Secretariat have responded to the call by the Eighth Session of the Governing Body (GB-8) of the International Plant Treaty to work together on programmatic matters in a variety of ways, including by taking joint strategic action in support of national programs facing acute challenges. This side event will highlight the joint initiatives designed and implemented through this partnership and the lessons learned in the past biennium.


Monday, 19 September 2022
13:15 - 14:30

Introduction — 20 minutes

  • Kent Nnadozie, Secretary, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
  • Stefan Schmitz, Executive Director, Global Crop Diversity Trust

Panel Discussion (moderated by Alvaro Toledo) — 40 minutes (including Q&A)

  • Maeen Ali Ahmed Aljarmouzi (Yemen)
  • Lise Lykke Steffensen (The Nordic Genetic Resource Centre, NordGen)
  • Lawrent Pungulani (Malawi)
  • Catherine Hazel M. Aguilar (Philippines)
  • Sarada Krishnan (Crop Trust)

The panel members will each address the following questions with regard to genebanks in Yemen, Ukraine, Mozambique, Philippines, and Costa Rica: What threats has the collection faced? What has been the response? What is next, and what have you learned?

Wrap-up — 10 minutes

  • Kent Nnadozie
  • Stefan Schmitz

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