Small-scale farmers are stewards of biodiversity; they maintain, adapt, improve and distribute plant varieties. The agro-biodiversity that they enhance provides a major contribution to health and nutrition. Who could be better placed to help the world cope with global environmental change and feed the world than over a billion small-scale farmers living, working and experimenting on the front lines of change?
Our work aims to ensure that innovation policy supports, rather than undermines, the critical role of small-scale farmers for ensuring local and global food security in biodiverse environments.
- Convening discussions about small-scale farmer innovation.
- Commissioning research about different approaches to intellectual property protection of seeds and genetic resources, and impacts of these.
- Promoting awareness of farmers’ and other stakeholders’ experience and interests in relation to intellectual property discussions that affect agriculture.
- Improving understanding about the range of policy options available.
- Undertaking human rights-based impact assessments of intellectual property protection for seeds.