Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

UN Food and Agriculture Organization

The objectives of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture are the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of their use, in harmony with the Convention on Biological Diversity, for sustainable agriculture and food security. In achieving those objectives funding is a critical element and Article 18.1 of the Treaty already states that the “Contracting Parties undertake to implement a funding strategy for the implementation of this Treaty.

Open to Applications : 
Application Time Frame : 

The Treaty Bureau announces a “call for proposals”, the last one was in 2014.

Climate Objective : 
Administrator Type : 
Intergovernmental Organization
Financial Instruments Offered : 
Direct Access : 
Fund Size : 

The fund has invested around USD 10 million up to now.

Financing Award : 
Not Specified
Trustee : 
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Implementing Entity : 

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Steps to Access & Application Procedure

The Treaty Bureau announces a “call for proposals”, the last one was in 2010. 1. The Treaty activates its global network to raise awareness and encourage the highest quality, most innovative and scalable proposals. 2. Proposals are appraised according to eligibility and selection criteria by a panel of experts who reviews, scores and ranks the proposals on their quality and technical merits. 3. The Bureau, based on the appraisal and recommendations made by the panel of experts, approves the projects to be funded. Information is be made available to grant-seekers on the Treaty’s website. 4. The Secretariat then establishes a contractual relationship with the executing entities of the approved projects, including more defined elements for report and monitoring as well as other general conditions. 5. The agreement and corresponding grant payment schedule is then signed. 6. Working in close collaboration with the Secretariat, National Focal Points and other stakeholders, the primary grant recipient submits regular project updates along with disbursement requests. 7. Once per year, the Treaty requires detailed program and financial statement, with future disbursements linked to the quality of the recipient’s stewardship of the funds and their progress against agreed targets.

Organizational and Decision Making Structure

At its Second Session, the Governing Body adopted the Operational Procedures for the Use of Resources under the Direct Control of the Governing Body. One of the main steps in the project cycle of the Benefit-sharing Fund is the appraisal of project proposals. The appraisal is done on the basis of recommendations by a panel of experts designated by the Bureau in consultation with their Regions.

The Bureau of the Third Session of the Governing Body opened the Call for Proposals 2010 and designated the Panel of Experts from a roster of experts to support the appraisal of project proposals submitted within the Call. The Bureau designated fourteen main experts who were designated on their personal capacity. The experts worked without remuneration.

Monitoring and Reporting Procedures

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Co-financing Requirements (if applicable)

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Other Eligibility Criteria Beyond Geography and Income

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Other Comments

International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
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