Interesting background reading on the International Treaty and other Genetic Resource issues including preservation and access to seed banks currently held in national public research institutes, and the CGIAR, and curated by Global Crop Diversity Trust and others.
African Seed companies need to understand the dynamics and implications of these discussions.
Originally posted on Genetic Resources Policy:
We are very pleased to announce the publication of Crop Genetic Resources as a Global Commons: Challenges in International Law and Governance.
The book investigates how the collective pooling and management of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture can be supported through access and benefit sharing laws. Since the most important recent development in the field has been the creation of the multilateral system of access and benefit-sharing under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, many of the chapters in this book focus on that system.
The book analyzes a range of relevant background factors, including the impact of climate change on countries’ interdependence on plant genetic resources, germplasm flows in and out of international genebanks, crops specfic research programs, and countries as a whole. It considers the historical development and mechanics of the multilateral system of access and benefit sharing. It…
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