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International agreements relating to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and implications for Dutch policy


  • Eaton, Derek J.F.
  • Kalaugher, Electra
  • Bijman, Jos


Policy issues related to plant genetic resources are socially, technically and scientifically complex. This report summarises the international agreements and relevant bodies con-cerning plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), FAO Global Plan of Action on Plant Genetic Resources (GPA), the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (IT-PGRFA), the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the International Con-vention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). The various obligations arising from these conventions and treaties are reviewed. In so doing, this report concen-trates exclusively on implications for plant genetic resources for food and agriculture while most of the agreements concern other resources and/or issues. The relationship between the agreements is analysed with reference to the evolution of policy priorities from promoting use of genetic resources to supporting conservation, in part through the sharing of benefits arising from use. In addition, the implications for genetic resources policy in the Nether-lands are outlined and existing initiatives to fulfill these obligations are highlighted.

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  • Eaton, Derek J.F. & Kalaugher, Electra & Bijman, Jos, 2004. "International agreements relating to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and implications for Dutch policy," Report Series 29132, Agricultural Economics Research Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aerirs:29132

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