Biodiversity for food and agriculture is among the earth’s most important resources. Thousands of species and their genetic variability make up the web of life and are indispensable to adapt to new conditions, including climate change. The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is committed to conserving biodiversity for food and agriculture and promotes its sustainable use for food security and human well-being and development worldwide, for current and future generations.
The first report on “The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture” is an essential step in creating a comprehensive picture of the state and use of this biodiversity, thus providing a strong foundation for the design of effective interventions towards more sustainable, resilient food systems.
Five years in the making, the report engaged over 175 authors and reviewers, who based their analysis on 91 country reports prepared by over 1,300 contributors. This global and participatory report is a milestone in the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.
The report prepared under the guidance of FAO’s Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture details the many benefits biodiversity brings to food and agriculture; examines how farmers, pastoralists, forest dwellers and fisherfolk have shaped and maintained biodiversity; identifies major drivers of both positive and negative trends, and presents trends in biodiversity-friendly production practices.
- Digital report
- Country reports
- Reports from international instruments and organizations
- Press release: The biodiversity that is crucial for our food and agriculture is disappearing by the day
- Interview (French): Julie Bélanger, Technical Officer Biodiversity and Environment, FAO- La biodiversité, si cruciale pour notre alimentation et notre agriculture, disparaît de jour en jourhttps://soundcloud.com/unfao/state-world-biodiversity-j-belanger-6min44-fr