As FAO is a historical partner of IAAS, our members have the opportunity to attend FAO Meetings and Symposia as an IAAS Observer. Pietro had the chance to be part of the Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Rome. Read here about his experiences!
My first experience on FAO as IAAS’s delegate was very interesting. During the 16th commission on the genetic resources for Food and Agriculture I took the opportunity to analyse the decision-making system into the United Nations.
The commission had developed and enlarged the bank of genetic resources for Animal, Plant, Aquatic and Forest through a complexity system of decision-making for achieve a unanimous agreement. More over the commission had posed the base for create the first bank of genetic resources for microorganism and invertebrates with a particularly focus on the bee species.
During my experience I took the opportunity to understand the different point of view of stakeholder as developing and developed country and observers.
One of my favourite aspect it was understand in which way the country can be prepared for attend at this commission with the appropriate knowledge.
The preparation of Country Reports is one of the most important steps in the process of preparing the first report on The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture. Country Reports will be critical to filling existing information gaps and establishing baseline information on biodiversity for food and agriculture. They will also be key in providing information on the role of biodiversity for food and agriculture in the provision of multiple ecosystem services.
It provides an opportunity to engage and stimulate a wide range of stakeholders from different sectors, including smallholders (such as farmers, pastoralists, forest dwellers, fisher folk, local communities and traditional peoples), gain a better understanding on the status and trends of the country’s sustainable management practices of biodiversity for food and agriculture and assess national priorities and future needs.
I took the opportunity to talk with many countries delegates for understand how can ensure a collaborative process, and it was very interesting to observe different and vary answers from the delegates.
I recommend this experience for which people that want work in a dynamic situation with an international point of view. It was a pleasure for me represented IAAS because I spoke with many stakeholders from different country enlarging my awareness about the genetic resources and the relevance of them for avoid the problem of food security all over the world.
If you are interested more in this event, you can read the official FAO report of the event.