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The gateway to knowledge for food and nutrition security. Connecting business, science, civil society and policy.

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Summary video public seminar “Future food systems for Ghanaian food security”

On Thursday afternoon January 17, 2019, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development organized the public seminar “Future food systems for Ghanaian food security” in Accra. Please watch the summary video. »

Next round in funding senior CGIAR experts

Senior Experts, employed by Dutch research organizations and involved in CGIAR research or management, are offered a chance to spend (more) time on their CGIAR activities. The call to cover some of their personnel costs has been reopened with an adjustment in requirements for the Senior Expert. The deadline for the next assessment round is June 4, 2019. »

The Status of patenting plants in the Global South

This Oxfam research report finds that 60% of the 126 LMIC countries for which data was available allow for the patenting of plants or parts thereof, despite the flexibilities of the WTO TRIPS Agreement regarding the non-patentability of plants. Oxfam is concerned that the growing number and scope of patents on plants, plant parts and DNA sequences will threaten Food and Nutrition Security by blocking the free availability of these materials for further breeding and re-planting by all stakeholders. »

The Access to Seeds Index 2019 – Global Seed Companies

Global seed companies are adapting their products to combat the impact of climate change and address nutrition needs. But limited access to quality seed in many emerging economies persists, with the global seed industry reaching just 10% of the world’s smallholder farmers, according to a new study. »