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What Kind of Goods Are Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture? Towards the Identification and Development of a New Global Commons

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dc.contributor.author Halewood, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-24T15:57:45Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-24T15:57:45Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9567
dc.description.abstract "Over the course of the last forty years, under the auspices of the United Nations Food and Agricultural organization, the international community has been developing a system to support the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture that shares many of the characteristics of what scholars are calling new commons. The pinnacle of these efforts was the adoption (2001) and coming into force (2004) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). Interestingly, neither the reports of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the body responsible for the negotiation of the ITPGRFA, nor the information papers it generated to support its efforts, explicitly mention commons, much less identify the creation of (or support for) a plant genetic resources commons as the commissions objective. The more recent sessions of the governing body overseeing implementation of the ITPGRFA are similarly characterized by the absence of commons-focused discourse. This paper seeks to achieve the double effect David Bollier refers to in the epigram above. The paper identifies a new commons (or at least a potential, emerging commons) in the multilateral system of access and benefit sharing created by the ITPGRFA, and suggests ways in which it can be further developed or strengthened, drawing on lessons learned in the commons literature." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject commons en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.title What Kind of Goods Are Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture? Towards the Identification and Development of a New Global Commons en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Theory en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.subject.sector Global Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources: Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural, and Genetic Resources Commons, 1st Thematic IASC Conference on the Knowledge Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates September 12-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium en_US

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