Countries meet to ensure future of plant genetics

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Bean seed centre in Bubanza province, Burundi, established by FAO and WFP (World Food Programme), to improve availability of quality seeds in the province and subsequently upgrade crop production level. ©FAO/ Gustave Ntaraka

Representatives from 144 countries are meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, this week to ensure that future generations will have access to food and agricultural products that originate from plants.

The nations have agreed to conserve and share the genetic materials of 64 crops— for example, for use in research or breeding—in line with a UN treaty that came into force in 2004.

Kent Nnadozie oversees the governing body for the treaty, which he described as a "flagship" achievement of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

He has been speaking to Murielle Sarr.

Duration: 2'47"

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