This work involves international processes that govern control of, and access to, seeds. Our work seeks to promote informed and balanced discussion about what – if any – kind of intellectual property protection on seeds would best foster resilient, equitable and sustainable food systems and innovation policies. This is in light of the need to ensure long-term food security, protect fragile livelihoods and provide incentives to maintaining biological and genetic diversity.
- Convening discussions about intellectual property and food.
- 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.