SEARICE Five Point Agenda
- Call for comments to the draft seed policy, and requests the CGRFA Secretariat to compile these comments for consideration in the subsequent CGRFA meeting or in the meeting of the working group prior to the finalization of the Seed Policy Guide.
- Redraft seed policy to include voices and perceptions of small farm holders.
- Include as key element of the seed policy guide, a review and analysis of the seed production and distribution systems of small farm holders, labelled as informal system, and determine its effectiveness and efficiency in light of eroding public and private sector investment in the seed sector, as a viable alternative to the provision of quality seeds amid climatic, environmental, and socio-economic challenges.
- Review seed policy guide in the light of other reports highlighting the importance and contribution of small farm holders such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IASSTD) report, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) reports, the reports of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), and other relevant documents and reports.
- Request the CGRFA Secretariat or the Working Group to compile information on incentives involved in the seed sector, such as Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBRs), subsidies and the like, with the goals of: 1) identifying both positive incentives to attain the conservation, development and sustainable use (CDSU) of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), especially by small farming families, and perverse incentives, such as negative, anti-competitive effects of IPRs on crop variety development; and 2) identifying means to curb or eliminate these effects.