Keeping germplasm flowing uri icon

abstract

  • It is increasingly acknowledged that successful adaptation of agricultural production systems to changes in climate will depend upon higher levels of access to and improved use of genetic diversity than is currently the case (Yadav et al. 2011). This is particularly important in light of predictions that climate variability and extreme events will increase globally leading to more risk-prone local growing conditions. The need for improved access and use has been clearly recognized by the international community in the revised Global plan of action for plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (FAO 2011) and, in a more indirect way, in the Nagoya protocol on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization (Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity 2011). It seems imperative therefore to have intellectual property institutions from local to global levels that do not hamper increased access and use of genetic diversity

publication date

  • 2012
  • 2012