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FAO reports on decline of biodiversity

The first FAO report on the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture was released during the seventeenth session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Based on information provided by 91 countries and 27 international organizations, analysis of global literature and datasets, and contributions from over 175 authors and reviewers, The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture assesses biodiversity for food and agriculture and its management worldwide.
The report states that  the proportion of livestock breeds at risk of extinction is increasing, and that, for some crops and in some areas, plant diversity in farmers’ fields is decreasing and threats to diversity are increasing. Nearly a third of fish stocks are overfished and a third of freshwater fish species assessed are considered threatened.

 

Download The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture.