The PBSAP 2015-2028 identified agrobiodiversity as a new thematic focus and recigbnized the importance of genetic diversity in animals and plantsw.The genetic diversity found in domestic animal breeds allows farmers to select stocks in response to changes in the environment, threats of disease, market conditions, and societal needs, all of which are largely unpredictable. Indigenous livestock breeds often possess valuable traits such as disease resistance, high fertility, good maternal qualities, longevity, and adaptation to harsh conditions and poor-quality feed, all desirable qualities for low-input, sustainable agriculture. In the Philippines, over 3,000 plants are utilized for food, feed, shelter, fiber, fuel, medicine, ornamentals, and ornaments. Plant genetic resources are a vital element of our nation’s cultural heritage. A vast number of plants are of significant cultural value to local communities, as a symbol in religion, folklore, rituals, and the arts.
TARGET 4: By 2028, over 50% of genetic diversity of cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and wild relatives will be conserved or maintained.