GODAN, in a GFAR Collective Action partnership with GFAR, CGIAR, and Asociación Andes, is pleased to invite you to the upcoming webinar:
“Farmers’ Rights: How Complementarity between Researchers and Farmers Impact the Conservation of Genetic Diversity, Food Security and Livelihoods of the Poor”
Date: 19 September 2017
Time: 15h00 Rome time
Duration: 2 hours max
This webinar aims to exchange best practices and information on how to achieve complementarity in practice between the formal research and smallholder farmers to achieve food security and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers; contribute to the protection of traditional knowledge and the implementation of the rights of farmers to participate in the benefits arising from the use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture; save, use, exchange and sell farm-saved seeds and propagating material.
Agricultural research has faced a change of paradigm where researchers used to work isolated when evaluating problems and developing solutions. We are now working together with farmers when finding solutions to challenges such as food security, climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation, etc. This new way of research and innovation development has led to build trust between the formal and informal seed systems, strengthen ways of communication, increase the value of different sources of knowledge, and generate direct benefits for both the formal and informal seed systems.
However, further exchange of information and success stories on how the formal research sector is working together with smallholder farmers, complementing both the formal and informal seed systems is still needed. The exchange of information, success stories and best practices will motivate other researchers and farmers to join efforts, work together and identify further challenges that need to be addressed when strengthening the complementarity between the formal and informal seed systems.
Researchers from CGIAR Centers will share their perspectives on success stories and best practices, including innovative ways of working with farmers towards the conservation of genetic resources, sharing of benefits arising from the use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and the protection of traditional knowledge. They will give interesting information on the work done to improve national legislation recognizing the rights of farmers over their plant genetic resources and traditional knowledge and new national funding mechanisms for smallholder farmers supporting their role as custodians and innovators of key crops.
Another presentation by the Asociación Andes on the complementarity and joint work between farmers and researchers from the farmers’ point of view, will explain the mutual benefit arise from such complementarity and identify further challenges.
A final presentation by GODAN will show how open access to research data has directly/indirectly impact smallholder farmers and how they can better benefit from open access.
Desired outcomes of the webinar include:
- Distill information and best practices in order to deliver examples for researchers and smallholder farmers on how to strengthen complementary between the informal and formal systems contributing to food security, improving the livelihoods of the poor and the implementation of Farmers’ Rights;
- Identify challenges and possible solutions; and
- Motivate participants, especially researchers to identify ways and tools to exchange their experiences and best practices on how to contribute together with farmers to food security, conservation of genetic resources and the improvement of the livelihoods of the poor, contributing with the implementation of Farmers’ Rights
This webinar is a complement to contribute with previous webinars on Farmers’ Rights on how to achieve complementarity between the informal and formal seed systems.
Moderator: Peter Casier
Mr. Jorge Andrade, Ph.D in Plant Pathology with minors in Epidemiology and International Agriculture from Cornell University. M.Sc. in Plant Pathology from La Molina University. B.Sc. in Agronomy (high honors) from Central University in Quito. Post-doctorate studies in the International Potato Center (CIP). Member of the American Phytopathological Society, the Latin-American Phytopathological Society and the Latin-American Potato Society. Fifteen years of experience in research and development with small-scale potato farmers in the Andes. Research interests include epidemiology of potato late blight, seed systems, adult education and innovation systems.
Mr. Alejandro Argumedo, Program Director of Asociación ANDES, a Cusco-based non-governmental organization of indigenous peoples’, working to protect and develop indigenous peoples’ biocultural heritage in the Potato Park and beyond. He is founder and coordinator of the International Indigenous Peoples Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPCCA). Mr. Argumedo is also a founding member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Biodiversity Network (IPBN) and the Call of the Earth Group Both are global coalitions of indigenous peoples working towards the shared goals of protecting and nurturing biodiversity and protecting their bio-cultural innovations and intellectual property. He is the Coordinator of the Mountain Communities Network, former Executive Director of Cultural Survival Canada and the Indigenous Knowledge Program.
Mr. Jeremiah Baarbé (GODAN), Juris Doctor (JD) Candidate, University of Ottawa. He has worked for two years with Professor Isabel Pedersen in the Digital Culture and Media Lab, where he established a digital archive to track how rhetoric drives innovation. Jeremy was previously the President of PSAC Local 555, advocating for Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, and Sessional Faculty at UOIT. His interests include social justice, intellectual property law, and entrepreneurship.
After each set of presentations, the moderator will invite participants to ask questions or share related experiences.
You can register for this webinar by sending a simple email to Peter Casier – peter.casier(at)fao.org
Please mention the title of the webinar you want to participate in, your name, affiliation (organization/institute) and function.
We will send you a confirmation email. You will get a reminder with the technical details to join the webinar, one day before.
Register fast! Our webinars are limited to 100 participants and the available “seats” are often taken in a matter of days. We encourage participants to actively engage in our webinars with feedback, questions, and sharing of their own experiences.
About GFAR webinars
Our webinars are open to Partners in GFAR as well as other nonprofit organizations or individuals working in the area of agriculture, ecosystems and sustainable development. They are often attended by scientists, students, communications staff as well as agricultural practitioners.
We do not ask for a participation fee, but we ask that as much as possible, the webinars present the work of Partners in GFAR and show how your organizations are working together towards shared GFAR goals. If your organization is not a GFAR partner yet, join now!
The webinars are moderated via BlueJeans, an online tool running within any internet browser. It only requires participants to have a good and reliable Internet connection and a computer running any browser.
 CGIAR contribution has been co-organized by Bioversity International (representing the Policy Module of the Genebank Platform) and by the CGIAR System Organization (representing CGIAR Legal and IP Network).