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The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Posted 2:41 PM by Tevita
The International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology (IAASTD)
From : Institute of Development Studies
Joanna Glyde –16 April 2008
The International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology (IAASTD) has published a report that proposes a fundamental re-thinking of our approach to agricultural knowledge, science, and technology.
The IAASTD is the latest in a line of high-profile global assessments, others include the Nobel prize winning International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the less well known Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA). However the conflicts that led to the report’s publication suggest that major global collaborations on these crucial issues need to change.
John Thompson, IDS Research Fellow has taken an indepth look at these conflicts at The Crossing, the blog for the STEPS Centre. Below is an extract.
‘In recent years, global assessments have become the focus of considerable international scientific interest and the mobilisation of vast institutional, technical, human and financial resources. These frequently attempt to combine ‘expert-driven assessment’ with processes of ‘stakeholder engagement’ to address critical issues of major international importance. They are often presented as transparent, objective exercises where the politics of knowledge and debates about the legitimacy, credibility and salience of different points of view are set aside in favour of building a consensus towards scientifically informed policy making.
But what happens if the fundamental differences between conflicting visions of the right course of action remain? Can papering over the cracks allow diverse voices and sometimes clashing perspectives to reach agreement on vital issues of global concern? Or do we have to leave behind the exclusivity given to scientifically produced rational knowledge and acknowledge and address the elemental divisions, the positionality of the different players, and the framings that drive their agendas and privilege some viewpoints over others from the very start of these assessment processes?’
Read the article in full at The Crossing, the IAASTD report was also covered in The Guardian’s Change in farming can feed the world.
Joanna Glyde is Communication Officer at IDS
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