Progress made towards multilateral system for plant genetic resources

Governments negotiating at the latest meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-8) have agreed that a multilateral system of access and benefit-sharing should be established for the planting of key crops. This brings closer a legally binding international agreement regulating access to plant genetic materials, known as the International Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources.

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