We are very happy to announce that the Symposium Issue on Seed Commons has been published in Agriculture and Human Values. Very interesting articles have been submitted to our call for contributions. They are now available via open acces on the journal's website:
- Beumer, K., Stemerding, D. & Swart, J.A.A. Innovation and the commons: lessons from the governance of genetic resources in potato breeding. Agric Hum Values (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-020-10169-8
- Mazé, A., Calabuig Domenech, A. & Goldringer, I. Commoning the seeds: alternative models of collective action and open innovation within French peasant seed groups for recreating local knowledge commons. Agric Hum Values (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-020-10172-z
- Rattunde, F., Weltzien, E., Sidibé, M. et al. Transforming a traditional commons-based seed system through collaborative networks of farmer seed-cooperatives and public breeding programs: the case of sorghum in Mali. Agric Hum Values (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-020-10170-1
- Sievers-Glotzbach, S., Christinck, A. Introduction to the symposium: seed as a commons—exploring innovative concepts and practices of governing seed and varieties. Agric Hum Values (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-020-10166-x
- Sievers-Glotzbach, S.; Euler, J.; Frison, C.; Kliem, L.; Mazé, A. & Tschersich, J. Beyond the material: knowledge aspects in seed commoning. Agric Hum Values (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-020-10167-w
- Halewood, M., Bedmar Villanueva, A., Rasolojaona, J. et al. Enhancing farmers’ agency in the global crop commons through use of biocultural community protocols. Agric Hum Values (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-020-10164-z
The Symposium Issue originated from the RightSeeds workshop "Conceptualizing the News Commons" in 2018 and builds on of the fruitful exchange on Seed Commons during the period after the workshop. The articles provide conceptional contributions on Seed Commons as well as various practical examples from different countries.
We want to thank all authors for their contributions!
Commons approaches in the seed sector are multi-faceted: They span from traditional seed systems, i.e. seed sharing networks, to recent anti-enclosure movements that resist intellectual property rights on varieties, like organic breeding initiatives. This paper derives a conceptualization of ‘Seed Commons’ at the local and regional level, based on a comprehensive transdisciplinary research process that integrates diverse types of knowledge, both from practitioners (German and Philippine seed initiatives, companies and NGOs), and the scientific community.
The full article can be accessed here.