International Workshop “Role of animal genetic resources in ensuring food security and improving livestock production”

04 August 2021

Livestock production in the region of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is an important sub-sector of the agricultural industry and makes a significant contribution to the national economies of member states. The loss of genetic diversity of animals reduces the possibilities for maintaining local breeds (genetic selection activities) and the possibility of creating new local breeds of animals that are adapted for breeding in local climatic conditions when conducting extensive agriculture and are most suitable for breeding in medium and smallholder farms.

In connection with the above, as well as in accordance with the IOFS “Development of National Gene Banks” approved within the Third General Assembly of IOFS held on 2-3 December 2020 in Ankara, Turkey and as per the Dubai Declaration adopted at the Conference on Development of National Gene Banks in OIC member states, 5-6 July 2020 in Dubai, UAE, the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) conducts the International Workshop titled “Role of animal genetic resources in ensuring food security and improving livestock productionon 13-14 September 2021 to identify and discuss the current challenges of the state of genetic resources of farm animals across OIC countries.

The event aims to discuss the challenges in management of animal genetic resources and assess the current state of genetic resources of agricultural animals (cattle; small ruminant: sheep, goat; camelids) in the OIC member states. It will also provide a platform for experts from research organizations to share experience and make an overview of present situation of livestock development, as well as projects and research activities under the implementation in OIC countries.

Workshop objectives:

-To discuss the problems in the management of animal genetic resources;

-To assess the current state of genetic resources of agricultural animals (cattle (cattle), small ruminant: sheep, goat), camels (camelids) in the OIC member countries;

-To overview the present activities implemented by gene banks, research and science institutions in OIC member states;

-To assess species composition (imported, local and indigenous breeds), their phenotypic assessment (genotyping), productive qualities;

-To share practices in the conservation and use of animal genetic resources, particularly use of assisted reproduction technologies (ART) in breeding and selection of farm animals, as well as molecular genetic assessment of breeds and populations of farm animals;

-To discuss the importance of cooperation among OIC countries in strengthening the management of animal genetic resources and the possibility of exchange of animal genetic resources.

Due to the constraints on travel and gatherings imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic the workshop will be held online (Zoom platform). The working language of the event is English (interpretation into French, Arabic and Russian).


The workshop participants will include representatives of gene banks; research and science organizations specialized in the management of animal genetic resources; government agencies, responsible for the improvement of biological diversity; and other stakeholders interested in the workshop theme from all OIC member countries.


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Other organizational matters can be clarified by the IOFS focal point: Bakytzhan Arystanbek, Program Manager, IOFS Secretariat, +77018812532,

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