A Working Group is a set of people selected for their expertise, or experience, to collaborate in order to produce a specific deliverable. A working group can be comprised of individuals from different roles, divisions, or organizations. The purpose of forming a working group is to enable the sharing of information and opinions between selected individuals to achieve the desired outcome.
TABIO has formed 3 working groups which are Seed working Group, Soil Healthy Working Group and GMOs and Emerging Technologies Working Group.
The Role of the Working Groups
The role of the working groups are to:
Who can be part of Working Groups?
The working groups are made up of representatives of TABIO members who are working on seed and agroecology related issues.
Working Group Coordination
The Working Groups is under the coordination of TABIO Coordinator. Also are the co-coordinator (co-chair) and secretary who are selected from the member organizations.
Roles and responsibilities
The Working Group Coordinator will:
The TABIO Secretariat will:
Members of the Working Groups will:
Working Group Principles
The Working Groups will keep in mind TABIO’s overall principles which express TABIO’s values and underpin its effectiveness.
The Working Groups will also follow and assess itself from time to time against the following principles, aimed at making the working group as effective as possible:
The working group may choose to invite other individuals with special knowledge and expertise related to the priority issue to attend meetings to provide information and/or advice. Advisors will be encouraged to participate in discussions but shall not participate in the decision-making of the working groups.
TABIO members and their Beneficiaries Involvement
Working groups members serve as conduits for two-way information exchange with their members and beneficiaries. If members and beneficiaries want to provide input to any process going on in the Working Groups are encouraged to channel their concerns and suggestions through individual members of the working group who they feel could represent their interests. Working group members will make a concerted outreach effort to communicate regularly with their members and beneficiaries to keep them informed about the process and the issues under discussion.
Participation and Observation by Farmers’ and consumer representatives
All working groups meetings are open to the farmers, consumers and observers. They are meant to focus on collaboratively developing recommendations regarding their specific issue affecting them. Farmers and consumers are encouraged to raise their concerns with working group members before or after the meetings, to help ensure that all issues of significant concern are considered in the working group’s deliberation.
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