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Global progress

A number of countries are implementing action plans


The world's National Coordinators for farm animal genetic resources (AnGR) met Monday and Tuesday 22-23 November 2010 in Rome for a Technical Global Workshop. The main object was for the countries to be updated on available tools and procedures for managing their AnGR, and to exhange practical experience. The United Nation's organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) also reported on the progress made since the Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on AnGR (ITWG-AnGR)which have their meeting the same week. The ITWG-AnGR consist of 27 member countries that are elected to represent the different regions of the world. Other countries attend as observers. The outcome of this Technical Working Group meeting is to give reccomendations on AnGR to the Commision on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) which meet every second year.

By inviting to a workshop prior to the meeting in the Technical Working Group, FAO gave good opportunity to exchange experience on how to implement a national action plan in accordance with the Global Plan of Action. Such mutual sharing is crucial for the possibility for progress in this important work. Each region was invited to present their status, success stories and main obstacles during the meeting. Several technical guidelines were recently published, and presented at the meeting.

  • Phenotypic characterization of AnGR
  • Molecular genetic characterization of AnGr
  • Cryo-conservation of AnGr

These are also available both as pdf-documents and in printed versions, in several languages, to be ordered from the FAO.

There were also presentations on the possibilities that lays in the Domestic Animals Diversity Information System (DAD-IS) for reporting status for each nations AnGR 

FAO presented an article with regard to the ongoing meeting that you can read here.