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Guidelines for management of animal genetic resources released

Livestock are vital for food security and rural development (WRENmedia)
Livestock are vital for food security and rural development
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A new set of guidelines on Breeding strategies for sustainable management of animal genetic resources has been published by FAO to help developing countries plan and develop effective genetic improvement programmes. Contributing about 30 per cent of agricultural GDP in developing countries, livestock are vital for food security and rural development, and their genetic improvement is an essential component in improving their use and development in order to realise the full potential of animal genetic resources.

These guidelines, endorsed by the Commission of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, provide practical advice on identifying livestock development strategies, matching animal genetic resources with production systems, developing straight- and cross-breeding programmes, and evaluating investment decisions. Designed for policymakers and organisations involved in livestock development, the guidelines are part of a series of publications published by FAO to help countries implement the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources. Adopted in 2007, the Global Plan of Action is the first internationally agreed framework for the management of biodiversity in the livestock sector.

Date published: March 2010

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