Seeds and Farmer's Rights - the role of civil society actors in the conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture


A seminar will be held at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature welcoming Dr. Regine Andersen, Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen Institute, former Executive Director of Oikos-Organic Norway, as our main speaker. Topics will include the concept of “farmer's rights,”its historical background and significance within the context of biodiversity management and food sovereignty, drawing on experiences of movements to protect farmer’s rights to seeds in Norway and in the Philippines.

Date & Hours: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 14:00 - 17:00
Venue: Lecture Hall, RIHN( →Access)
Organized: Lifeworlds of Sustainable Food Consumption and Production: Agrifood Systems in Transition (FEAST Project), RIHN
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, JSPS
Language: English
Registration: Please register by Oct 1st by sending an email including your name, affiliation and contact information to E-mail . We will also have a reception at RIHN from 17:30 (at own cost, please let us know if you would like to attend).


  1. Opening Remarks -
  2. FEAST Project Leader

  3. The significance of informal seed system studies -from the contexts of Japan and Ethiopia-
  4. Prof. Yoshiaki Nishikawa, Department of Economics, Ryukoku University

  5. “Farmers' rights” the historical background and its development within the context of international treaties, participation in policy making processes and the realization of food sovereignty
  6. Dr. Regine Andersen, Senior Research Fellow, FNI

  7. Learning from Norwegian experiences with regard to international agreements on protection of plant genetic resources, and civil society movements in the Philippines.
  8. Dr. Regine Andersen, Senior Research Fellow, FNI

  10. Dr. Aki Imaizumi, FEAST Project Researcher, RIHN

  11. General Discussion
  12. Closing Remarks