Seedling - July 2002

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The 'rights' issue around biodiversity has really taken off in the last 20 years. One of the first campaigners for a global programme to save crop genetic re-sources, Erna Bennett, looks back at the twists and turns the rights issue has taken since the introduction of Plant Breeders Rights in 1962. She argues that a change in strategy and direction is long overdue for all those fighting for more equitable access and rights in relation to agricultural biodiversity.

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The Ecology of Action

Camila Montecinos | 21 July 2002 | Seedling - July 2002

In this article, Camila Montecinos attempts to answer some of the challenges she put forward five years ago. If sui generis is a dead-end alley and the tried and tested strategies of summitry and participation' have failed, where should we go now? Here, she outlines the need to reclaim our reference points and find a more rewarding and more resonant place for ourselves in the world from which to act.

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Growing Diversity

GRAIN | 18 July 2002 | Seedling - July 2002

One of the most significant positive changes that has occurred in the field of biodiversity over Seedling's 20-year lifetime is a global awakening to the importance of the local custodianship of biodiversity. Farmers and indig-enous peoples finally began to feature in international treaties, policy docu-ments and programme plans. The Growing Diversity Project was launched to strengthen and exchange experiences in this field. After many years of planning and two busy years of activities, Growing Diversity has come to its official end with an international workshop held in Brazil in May.

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More summits and circuses

Patrick Mulvany | 12 July 2002 | Seedling - July 2002

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Farida Akhtar is one of the founders of UBINIG, a Bangladeshi NGO which has set up one of the biggest community seed banks in the world. Here she talks to Seedling about their successes so far.

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July 2002

GRAIN | 03 July 2002 | Seedling - July 2002

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