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 .
Our two research projects on the right to food, funded by the Research for Development Programme (r4d) of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, have been renewed for three years.
Our new Research Brief The Right to Seeds and Intellectual Property Rights summarizes key findings linked to the recognition of peasants’ right to seeds in the context of the current negotiation of a UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas at the UN Human Rights Council.
This project aims to raise awareness about the complementarity of human rights and development by analyzing the relationship between economic, social and cultural rights and global development goals, namely the Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000 and the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015.
After having provided academic support to the negotiation of the UN Declaration during 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.