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The CGIAR System-wide Genetic Resources Programme (SGRP) initiated and sponsored this learning module, which was developed under the leadership of Bioversity International. The financial support of the CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) is gratefully acknowledged. Without it, the production of this module would not have been possible.

The substantive contributions of members of the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and Bioversity International are acknowledged in the preparation of this learning module on the International Treaty, in particular Shakeel Bhatti, Daniele Manzella and Patrick Mink.

Special thanks go to the following persons who also provided substantial technical contributions to the content of the current module: Emile Frison, Isabel López Noriega and Michael Halewood from Bioversity; David Williams, SGRP Secretariat; Lim Eng-Siang, Honorary Fellow, Bioversity International; Ruaraidh Sackville-Hamilton from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI); Jean Hanson from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI); and Carmen de Vicente from the CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme (GCP).

Invaluable editorial and production support was provided by the following persons: Kathleen Sheridan (Consultant) for copy editing and Word formatting, Evelyn Clancy for updating references and bibliography, Andie Dimitriadou, Elisa de Medici and Ewa Hermanowicz for proofreading and production control, Patrizia Tazza for layout and design of the CD and website, and Claudine Picq and Margarita Baena for translation of the web interface.

The prior contributions of Susan Bragdon, Cary Fowler, Carlos Correa, Jane Toll and Zenete Peixoto França in the preparation of Session 5 of the 2005 base module on which this work is based are also acknowledged. Both modules were prepared under the overall direction of Elizabeth Goldberg, Head of the Capacity Development Unit, Bioversity International.

Thanks go to all of these colleagues and partners for their efforts. We trust the module will prove useful for the intended purpose.