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International policies and biocultural innovation: SIFOR policy review

Lucia Polackova, Krystyna Swiderska

Report/paper, 76 pages

This report reviews international policies on biodiversity, genetic resources, agriculture, climate change and indigenous peoples’ rights, to see the extent to which they support traditional knowledge, biocultural heritage and innovation by smallholder farmers. It is an output of the EU-funded SIFOR project – Smallholder Innovation for Resilience (2012-2017) – which sought to strengthen traditional knowledge-based innovation systems for food security in the face of climate change. The review was compiled to inform SIFOR’s policy engagement work. It was conducted by a legal intern, Lucia Polackova, as part of her PhD research, from September 2016 to March 2017, and builds on an earlier policy review conducted by Nina Calza, a SIFOR intern.

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IIED is working with partners in China, India, Kenya and Peru to revitalise traditional knowledge-based – or 'biocultural' – innovation systems of smallholder farmers in order to strengthen food security in the face of climate change. Traditional farmers continually improve and adapt their crops and farming practices in response to new challenges, using local knowledge and biodiversity, generating new technologies and practices.

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