The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) is a pivotal piece of recent legislation, providing a route map for the use of such resources for sustainable agriculture and food security.
Plant Genetic Resources and Food Security explains clearly the different interests and views at stake between all players in the global food chain. It touches upon many issues such as international food governance and policy, economic aspects of food and seed trade, conservation and sustainable use of food and agricultural biodiversity, hunger alleviation, ecological concerns, consumers' protection, fairness and equity between nations and generations, plant breeding techniques and socio-economic benefits related to food local economies.
The book shows that despite the conflicting interests at stake, players managed to come to an agreement on food and agriculture for the sake of food security and hunger alleviation in the world. Published with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and with Bioversity International.
Dedication. Acknowledgements. List of Figures, Tables and Boxes. Notes on Contributors. Preface. Acronyms and abbreviations. 1. Introduction: A Treaty to Fight Hunger: Past Negotiations, Present Situation, and Future Challenges. Part I: Perspectives on the Treaty by Regions in the World. 2. Overview of Regional Approaches: The Negotiating Process of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. 3. The African Regional Group: Creating Fair Play Between North and South. 4. The Asian Regional Group. 5. The European Regional Group: Europe's Role and Positions During the Negotiations and Early Implementation of the International Treaty. 6. The Latin American and Caribbean Regional Group: A Long and Successful Process for the Protection, Conservation and Enhancing of PGRFA. 7. The Near East Regional Group: Centring the Diversity for Unlocking the Genetic Potential. 8. The North American Regional Group: Globalization that Works. 9. The South West Pacific Regional Group: Pacific Island Countries and Territories. Part II: Perspectives on the Treaty by Stakeholders in the World Food Chain. 10. International Non-Governmental Organizations: The Hundred Year (or so) Seed War: Seeds, Sovereignty and Civil Society. A Historical Perspective on the Evolution of 'The Law of the Seed'. 11. International Research Centres: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and the International Treaty. 12. The Seed Industry: Plant Breeding and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. 13. Farmers' Communities: A Reflection on the Treaty from Small Farmers' Perspectives. 14. Genebank Curators: Towards Implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture by the Indian National Genebank. 15. Plant Breeders: The Point of View of a Plant Breeder on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. 16. The Global Crop Diversity Trust: An Essential Element of the Treaty's Funding Strategy Geoffrey Hawtin, CIAT. 17. Consumers: Biodiversity is a Common Good. Part III Experts' Views on Future Challenges in Implementing the Treaty: Trust and Benefit-sharing as the key. 18. Our Heritage is Our Future: Humankind's Responsibility for Food Security. 19. An Innovative and Transparent Option for Royalty Payment Under the ITPGRFA: Implementing the Article 6.11 Crop-related Modality of the SMTA. 20. Conclusions by the Editors: Summary and Analysis of Issues Raised by Authors and Further Development of Possible Ways Forward. Index.
This series of books is published by Earthscan in association with Bioversity International. The aim of the series is to review the current state of knowledge in topical issues associated with agricultural biodiversity, to identify gaps in our knowledge base, to synthesize lessons learned and to propose future research and development actions. The overall objective is to increase the sustainable use of biodiversity in improving people’s well-being and food and nutrition security. The series’ scope is all aspects of agricultural biodiversity, ranging from conservation biology of genetic resources through social sciences to policy and legal aspects. It also covers the fields of research, education, communication and coordination, information management and knowledge sharing.
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