Farming Matters Special Issue: Genetic resources access and benefit sharing for family farmers?

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Access and benefit sharing of plant genetic resources is a crucial but very complex, political and legalistic matter. Does the formal system work for family farmers? As we see in this special issue of Farming Matters, co-produced with Bioversity International, it poses many challenges. At the same time, farmers around the world are leading successful […]

CGRFA-15 Finalizes State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources Report; Agrees on Guidelines on ABS and Genetic Diversity for Climate Adaptation


The fifteenth session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN’s (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) addressed a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues, including: animal, forest and plant genetic resources; access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA); biodiversity and nutrition; and climate […]

Ethical Considerations in Agro-biodiversity Research, Collecting, and Use

Johannes M. M. Engels, Hannes Dempewolf and Victoria Henson-Apollonio (2010),  Ethical Considerations in Agro-biodiversity Research, Collecting, and Use, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics   “Humans have always played a crucial role in the evolutionary dynamics of agricultural biodiversity and thus there is a strong relationship between these resources and human cultures. These agricultural resources have long been treated as […]

International Symposium on Sustainable Agricultural Development and use of Agrobiodiversity in the Asia-Pacific Region,

APAARI-Rural Development Authority, Bioversity International and other International Centers from 13 to 15 October, 2010 in Suwon, will provide an opportunity to the major stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region to review, identify and redefine the role and directions of agricultural R&D especially in the context of conservation through use of valuable agrobiodiversity for sustainable agricultural […]

A new book on access and benefit-sharing has been published.

Protecting Biological Diversity:The Effectiveness of Access and Benefit-sharing Regimes by Carmen Richerzhagen (German Development Institute) During the last ten years the enormous global loss of biodiversity has received remarkable attention. Among the numerous approaches undertaken to stop or lessen this process, access and benefit-sharing (ABS), a market-based approach, has emerged as among the most prominent. […]