Governing Agrobiodiversity: Plant Genetics and Developing Countries

A book by Regine Andersen. Aldershot: Ashgate (2008), pp. 419,  ISBN 978-0-7546-4177-3

Systematic analyses aimed at illuminating our understanding of the combined impact of the international regimes that pertain fully or partially to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) on the management of PGRFA at the national level have not been attempted in any serious way. The focus is on the mechanisms of influence through which overlapping regimes, comprising: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), the Convention of the Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), and the International Undertaking and the International Treaty on PGRFA (IU/ITPGRFA), transpose into domestic policies and goal achievements.

The content is laid out in the form of a research study: from the descriptions of PGRFA and the regimes in question, to the analytical framework for analyzing the driving force behind their development and their mechanisms of influence, and to testing them in case studies from the Philippines. The book is relevant to stakeholders who are responsible for promoting good PGRFA governance and management.

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