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GB9: India Pushes For Farmer-conservers, Women As Crop Diversity Guardians

"India demanded that GB-9 deliberate on the issue of continued funding of ICRISAT Genebank," a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare read

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On the third day of the international treaty on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (ITPGRFA), India pushed for a focus on communities, farmer-conservers and women as guardians of crop diversity. 

According to the official statement, India drew the attention of GB-9 to the funding status of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

ICRISAT is not part of ‘one-CGIAR’ but continues to be a CGAIR Genebank as defined by Article 15 of the treaty. 

"India demanded that GB-9 deliberate on the issue of continued funding of ICRISAT Genebank," a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare read. 

Also, India demanded deliberations on Digital Sequence Information in plant treaty independent of the convention on biological diversity (CBD)

India further reiterated that ITPGRFA should not wait for CBD to resolve the DSI issue, since ITPGRFA deliberations are relatively ahead in content, delineated in scope and easy to implement.