Rights and Commons

Collective rights and access to the commons are fundamental pillar of agroecology. We share access to territories that are the home to many different peer groups, and we have sophisticated customary systems for regulating access and avoiding conflicts that we want to preserve and to strengthen. (Nyéléni Déclaration, 2015)

Farmers’ rights to seeds

The seed question is wide. The following documents relate to intellectual property rights, criminalization of farmers’ seeds, international treaties and regulations, institutional lock-ins, farmer’s seeds networks, seeds selection and conservation methods.

Recording in English available here. The webinar was held in three languages: English, Russian and Bahasa. The recording is available in English only.

The presentations are available here below:

– Anya Coutinho, Gradina Moldovei Capacity building of seed savers and development of farmers’ seed systems in Moldova

– Kostas Koutis, AEGILOPS Ensuring farmers’ seed quality: Lessons learned from informal seed system and small scale farmers’ network activities in Greece

– Andrea Ferrante, Schola Campesina, Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) for seeds

Background presentation:

– Ricardo Bocci, Let’s liberate biodiversity / Rete Semi Rurali New openings at Eu level on seed marketing

Interesting links and resources:

Seed4all website

PGS Guidelines: How to Develop and Manage Participatory Guarantee Systems for Organic Agriculture (IFOAM)

See ongoing discussion on Bilim here


Other resources on the Right to seeds

    • Audio doc in French – Ibrahima Coulibaly (CNOP Mali / ROPPA) : the need for regulations to protect peasant seeds in West African countries

Right to natural resources

Right to land

Right to food

links: http://www.righttofoodandnutrition.org/

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