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UNDERSTANDING ACCESS TO SEEDS AND PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES. WHAT CAN A LIVELIHOODS PERSPECTIVE OFFER?        
subjects:  Soil and land rights              
levels and types of education: Secondary and vocational education              
SESHIA SHAILA
SCOONES IAN
FAO, 2003, pages 45
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English
Access to seeds and plant genetic resources (PGRs) is a vital element of food security and sustainable development. This study uses a livelihoods perspective to facilitate understanding of the role played by seeds and PGRs in rural people’s livelihoods. A central argument of this study is that the value-added of a livelihoods approach lies in its attention to the importance of access to resources and to the institutions, both formal and informal, that shape and mediate such access. Given the complexity and contextual nature of access questions, three cases are used. The case studies are: emergency seed relief, wild and weedy foods, and farmer engagement with agricultural research systems. Together, the case studies demonstrate: the assumptions made about access/lack of access; neglected channels through which people access seeds and PGRs; links with other livelihood resources; and the way that local questions of access are ‘connected up’ to institutions and processes at national and international levels.
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Related links
Sustainable and Development department
http://www.fao.org/
FAO Livelihood Support Programme (LSP)
http://www.fao.org/sd/dim_pe4/pe4_040501_en.htm



Contact: Osborn Thomas Arthur
Plant Production and Protection Division
FAO
Rome,Italy
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153
thomas.osborn@fao.org

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