The Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Second GPA) is the globally agreed framework for the conservation and sustainable use of crop diversity. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) publishes country reports on the implementation of the Second GPA and some relevant aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals. These reports may not reflect exhaustively grassroot efforts to conserve and manage local crop diversity such as community genebanks or community seed banks (both referred to as CSBs). The crop diversity that is managed through CSBs is critical for local nutrition and enhanced resilience of production systems to threats, especially the effects of climate change.


FAO and Bioversity International, a CGIAR centre, are conducting this preliminary survey in order to develop an inventory of CSBs and characterize their functions, composition and focus. The outcomes will assist a proposed dialogue aimed at strengthening on-farm management of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) with the contribution of these community-level initiatives.




The person responsible for the CSB is kindly requested to answer the survey questions. The survey should take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete.


Kindly complete it no later than 30 April 2018


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Results of the survey

The results of the survey will form part of the on-going discussions in the FAO’s Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture about the establishment of a global network on on-farm management of PGRFA. In collaboration with Bioversity International,
FAO will organize an informal dialogue on CSBs, on-farm management of farmers’ varieties/landraces, and the possible options for a global network on this theme on 24 July 2018 in Rome, Italy. Some representatives of CSBs from around the world will be invited to the workshop.




Responses to questions in Sections III and IV will be published in the FAO World Information and Early Warning System on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture - WIEWS
By participating in the survey, you are giving consent for those responses to be published. Please note that respondent’s contact details will not be made available in the public domain
or passed on to any third party.


Thank you for your participation and contribution.