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International Developments in Animal Genetic Resources

The State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

In 1999, the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture agreed that FAO should coordinate the preparation of The State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was prepared through a participatory, country-driven process under the guidance of the Commission. By 2005, 169 countries had submitted country reports that, combined with reports from international organizations and input from scientists and experts provided the basis of The State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The report assessed the state of animal genetic resources, the state of management of animal genetic resources, and the state of capacities for the use, development and conservation of animal genetic resources. In 2007, the final report was presented to the International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, held in Interlaken, Switzerland and welcomed by the FAO Conference as the first worldwide assessment of the state of animal genetic resources. The Interlaken Conference also adopted a Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources based on the analysis provided by The State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Domestic Animal Diversity Information System

The Domestic Animal Diversity Information System (DAD-IS) is a communication and information tool for the management of animal genetic resources for food and agriculture. It aims at assisting countries in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources.

DAD-IS provides the user with searchable databases of breed-related information and images, management tools, a library of references and links, and contact details of Regional and National Coordinators for the Management of Animal Genetic Resources. DAD-IS is the centre of a global network of stand-alone information systems (FABISnet).  DAD-IS and the global network have been established in order to involve, coordinate and assist governments, international agencies, NGOs, and training and research groups throughout the world; and to help achieve better management of animal genetic resources in all countries. The system is hosted by FAO.

Ireland has developed a national version of DAD-IS known as EFABIS, with the assistance of the FAO and the European Regional Focal Point. The web-based database can be accessed on www.efabis.ie.