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Halewood, Michael

Michael Halewood, Theme Leader, Policies for Crop and Tree Diversity Management, Bioversity International

Head of Policy Unit

Head of the 'Policies for crop and tree diversity management' research area, Michael focuses on policy research and capacity strengthening, usually in the context of multi-stakeholder projects in developing countries.

His current research includes institutional and policy support for agricultural biodiversity commons from local to global scales, institutional and policy support for improving availability of seed of enhanced farmers’ varieties; mechanisms for enhancing availability and use of crop diversity through combined  formal and informal seed systems; farmers’ rights and implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Michael joined Bioversity in 2001.



Doctoral degree in law

LLB (Law degree)

Bachelor of Arts and Science (Political Science)

Publication highlights:

Halewood, M.,  Lopez Noriega, I.,  Louafi, S (Eds.) 2013. Crop genetic resources as a global commons: challenges in international governance and law. Routledge, Abingdon.

Halewood, M.; Andrieux, E.; Crisson, L.; Gapusi, J.R.; Wasswa Mulumba, J.; Koffi, E.K.; Yangzome Dorji, T.; Bhatta, M.R.; Balma, D. 2013. Implementing 'Mutually Supportive' Access and Benefit-Sharing Mechanisms Under the Plant Treaty, Convention on Biological Diversity, and Nagoya Protocol. Law, Environment and Development Journal 9/1 p. 68-97.