Plant genetic resources treaty enters into force.
Since agriculture began roughly 10,000 years ago, some 10,000 species have been used in food production, but today just 150 crops feed most humans and 12 provide 80 percent of all food energy. Access to a range of genetic resources ensures that a wider variety of food products may be cultivated, many of which might improve current diets. "The Treaty is an important contribution to the achievement of the World Food Summit's major objective of halving the number of hungry people by 2015," says UN Food and Agricultural Organization Director-General Dr. Jacques Diouf. This target is now one of the Millenium Development Goals and was reiterated in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, a major outcome of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development.
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|Title Annotation:||Environmental Intelligence|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2004|
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