Information Sharing Mechanism
on Plant Genetic Resources
of Jamaica



Welcome
Description
Steering Committee
Participating Institutions
National Focal Point
Data Manager

THE STATE OF PGRFA
1st Report (1995)
2nd Report (2007)
National Mechanism Database

The Global Plan of Action for the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was formally adopted by 150 countries at the International Technical Conference on Plant Genetic Resources held in Leipzig in 1996. The Conference also adopted the Leipzig Declaration, which focuses on the importance of plant genetic resources for world food security, and commits countries to the implementation of the plan.

The Global Plan of Action (GPA) represents an important contribution to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity in the field of food and agriculture and it is one of the supporting elements of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Its main objectives are (i) to ensure the conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) as a basis for food security, (ii) to promote sustainable utilization of PGRFA in order to foster development and to reduce hunger and poverty, (iii) to promote a fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of PGRFA, (iv) to assist countries and institutions responsible for conserving and using PGRFA to identify priorities for action, and (v) to strengthen national, regional and international programmes for the conservation and utilization of PGRFA, including education and training. To meet these objectives 20 priority activity areas are included in the GPA organized into four groups: In Situ Conservation and Development, Ex Situ Conservation, Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources, and Institutions and Capacity Building. Jamaica, through a FAO Norwegian funded Project has applied the new approach for monitoring the implementation of the Global Plan of Action, which includes the establishment of this National Information Sharing Mechanism on PGRFA.

The Mechanism is based on the participation of stakeholders at national level and seeks to promote information exchange and strengthen stakeholder cooperation, thereby contributing to enhance the capacity of the National Programme for Conservation and Utilisation of Plant Genetic Resources and, thus Agro-biodiversity. The Mechanism includes a computer application to facilitate the management of the information addressed by a list of indicators and a related reporting format for monitoring the implementation of the GPA in the country.

The Technical Services Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture acts as the Coordinating Institution for the Mechanism in Jamaica. Activities towards its establishment included an initial meeting with different stakeholders held in June 2006 to discuss the overall plan of its establishment and to receive in service training for carrying out the activities. The first stakeholders’ workshop was organized in June 2006 to gain the understanding and commitment of stakeholders in the establishment process and introduce the computer application for sharing information among stakeholders. The second stakeholders’ workshop was held in September 2006 to gain an understanding of the indicators and reporting format for monitoring the GPA implementation and to train stakeholders in the use of the computer application. The third workshop was organized in March 2008 to review and finalize the draft report on the establishment and strengthening of the National Information Sharing Mechanism on GPA implementation. The workshop also identified information gaps for preparing the Country Report on the State of PGRFA and agreed on solutions to fill in these gaps. The draft National GPA Information Sharing Mechanism web site was also demonstrated.

All the information compiled under the National Information Sharing Mechanism on GPA Implementation, including the final country report, can be accessed through this web site. The computer application of the Mechanism and its database are also available off-line on CDs.

Other countries’ Mechanism including the Mechanism of Jamaica can also be accessed in several languages under the FAO World Information and Early Warning System on Plant Genetic Resources (WIEWS).



National Links

Ministry of Agriculture

Ministry of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce

Rural Agricultural Development Authority

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International Links

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Global Plan of Action for the Conservation and Sustainable use of PGRFA (GPA)

GPA Facilitating Mechanism

Global GPA Monitoring Mechanism

World Information and Early Warming System (WIEWS)

International Treaty on PGRFA

Standard Material Transfer Agreement

Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA)

Biodiversity International (IPGRI)

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

 

 For more information, please contact:
Mr. Michael Pryce
Mechanism's Curator
Director, Data Bank and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Agriculture
Hope Gardens, Kingston 6, Jamaica W.I.
Telephone: (876)9271206    Facsimile: (876)9776264    
E-mail: mapryce@moa.gov.jm
Mr. Don McGlashan
GPA National Focal Point and Director General,
Technical Services Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture
Hope Gardens, Kingston 6, Jamaica W.I.
Tel.:(+876)9775921    Fax: (+876)9773619
E-mail: dgo@moa.gov.jm