23, maio, 2016
Farming Matters | Special issue on Access and Benefit Sharing
Written by Paulo Petersen , Gabriel Fernandes , Luciano Silveira , Emanoel Dias da Silva — last modified May 03, 2016 11:27 AM
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Increasingly, seeds are the domain of professional breeders, agribusiness and policy makers. They decide what makes for a good variety and they develop legislation that excludes other varieties. Despite this, farmer organisations and social movements in Paraíba, Brazil, have managed to strengthen decentralised farmer-driven seed selection and distribution systems and public seed policies. They may well be opening the way for another seed regime in the country, with its own access and benefit sharing mechanisms.