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Plant genetic resources and food security

Stakeholder perspectives on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is a pivotal piece of recent legislation, providing a route map for the use of such resources for sustainable agriculture and food security.

This book 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.

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1. Introduction: A Treaty to fight hunger - Past Negotiations, Present Situation and Future Challenges

Part I: Regional Perspectives on the Treaty

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 the Caribbean Regional Group: A Long and Successful Process for the Protection, Conservation and Enhancing of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

7. The Near East Regional Group: Centring the Diversity for Unlocking the Genetic Potential

8. The North American Group: Globalization that works 

9. The South West Pacific Regional Group: A View from the 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. Gene Bank Curators: Towards implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture by the Indian National Gene Bank

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

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 Treaty - Implementing the Article 6.11 Crop-related Modality of the Standard Material  Transfer Agreement

20. General Conclusions: Summary of Stakeholders' Views and Suggestions to Cope with the Challenges in the Implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Annex 1 - History, milestones and calendar of meetings of the FAO Commission on Genetic resources for Food and Agriculture and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Annex 2 - Adoption and Ratification Process of the Treaty and Table of Contracting Parties by FAO Regional Groups

Annex 3 - Overview of the Main Provisions on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Annex 4 - Country Case-study: Brazil's Actions and Reactions to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Annex 5: Some stories on the inception of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (links to external website)

Category: Books

Author: Frison, C.; López, F.; Esquinas-Alcázar, J.T.[eds.]

Corporate Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome (Italy); Bioversity International, Rome (Italy)

Journal or series: Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity

Pages: 321 p., tables

Publication Year: 2011

Publication Format: PDF

ISBN-13: 978-92-5-106482-5

Language: EN


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