New Symposium Issue published on Seed Commons by IASC members


IASC members at the Research Group Economy of the Commons at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg coordinated and facilitated publication of a new Symposium Issue on Seed Commons. Two years ago, we have written about the workshop on seed commons in Oldenburg that gave the impulse to this special issue. The special issue represents an important milestone for the RightSeeds project and towards the new commons.

Special issue on Seed Commons

The special issue explores the theory of commons and its usage to study, conceptualize and transform governance models for seed and plant varieties to counter ongoing trends. Case studies from the Global North and South exemplify relations between seed (varieties) and known commons categories like natural resource commons and stress the need to gain a deeper understanding of Seed Commons. The articles of the issue deal with the interaction of innovation, commons and its governance; expand analytical and theoretical foundations for studying knowledge commons; examine traditional seed systems and deal with the lack of comprehensive study of knowledge aspects regarding intellectual property over genetic information.

Sievers-Glotzbach, S. & Christinck, A. (2020): Introduction to the symposium: seed as a commons? exploring innovative concepts and practices of governing seed and varieties. Agriculture and Human Values (2020).

Beumer, K., Stemerding, D. & Swart, J.A.A. (2020): Innovation and the commons: lessons from the governance of genetic resources in potato breeding. Agriculture and Human Values (2020).

Mazé, A., Calabuig Domenech, A. & Goldringer, I. (2020): Commoning the seeds: alternative models of collective action and open innovation within French peasant seed groups for recreating local knowledge commons. Agriculture and Human Values (2020).

Rattunde, F., Weltzien, E., Sidibé, M. et al. (2020): Transforming a traditional commons-based seed system through collaborative networks of farmer seed-cooperatives and public breeding programs: the case of sorghum in Mali. Agriculture and Human Values (2020).

Sievers-Glotzbach, S.; Euler, J.; Frison, C.; Kliem, L.; Mazé, A. & J. Tschersich (2020): Beyond the material: knowledge aspects in seed commoning. Agriculture and Human Values (2020).

Halewood, M., Villanueva A. B., Rasolojaona, J., Andriamahazo, M., Rakotoniaina, N., Bossou, B., Mikpon, T., Vodouhe, R., Fey, L., Drews, A., Kumar, P. L., Rasoanirina, B., Rasoazafindrabe, T., Aigbe, M., Agbahounzo, B., Garforth, K., Kiene, T., Nnadozie, K. (2020): Enhancing farmers? agency in the global crop commons through use of biocultural community protocols. Agriculture and Human Values (2020) (accepted)

Note: Updates on new papers are expected shortly and will be included here.

About the Journal

Agriculture and Human Values is the journal of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society publishing interdisciplinary research that critically examines the values, relationships, conflicts, and contradictions within contemporary agricultural and food systems. The journal, like the society, is dedicated to an open and free discussion of the values that shape and the structures that underlie current and alternative visions of food and agricultural systems.

For more information on the special issue click here.


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