9 January 2018
A new research project will identify the main opportunities and obstacles related to the protection of the right to seeds in Europe. The project uses the new draft UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (UN Declaration) as a reference to promote changes in European laws, policies and trade agreements to ensure that these facilitate the realization of peasants’ right to seeds.
‘It is important to convince lawyers, lobbyists and leaders of European peasant organizations and seed networks to use the UN Declaration to lobby for a better protection of peasants' right to seeds in Europe’ underlines Dr Christophe Golay, Strategic Adviser on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Geneva Academy.
‘As a result, European States could be asked to better support peasant seed systems, promote agro-biodiversity and the use of peasant seeds, and ensure that agricultural research and development is oriented towards the needs of peasants’ he adds.
Outputs include the publication of a guide, an expert workshop and the participation of key European partners in the negotiation of the UN Declaration in April 2018 in Geneva.
The project is supported by the Foundation Salvia .
This project forms part of our research cluster on sustainable development that aims to explore the linkages between sustainable development, the protection of the environment, climate change and the branches of international law that protect the rights of the most vulnerable.
Portrait of Dominique Luchsinger Faret
Dominique Luchsinger Faret, a lawyer in Chile and doctoral student at the University of Valencia just started as Visiting Fellow at the Geneva Academy and will stay with us until July 2022.
After having provided academic support to the negotiation of the UN Declaration for ten years, this research project focuses on the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.
This project examines the relationship between the right to food and gender equality in ensuring food security in the context of land commercialization in two case-study countries, Cambodia and Ghana.