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Government of Netherlands Seed Sector Development Brochure

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The global food security challenge requires active involvement of the Netherlands, a world leader when it comes to seed.

Vice Versa Special Issue on Seeds

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Good seeds can help farmers get better harvest, achieve higher food security and crop diversity. At the same time trading with seeds gives a lot of power to large seed companies. Vice Versa delved into the world of seeds and made this special edition forcused on the question: how do small-scale farmers from Africa and Asia come upon good quality seeds, and what problems do they face in the process.

A solution to the controversy on plant variety protection in Africa

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African countries are fast-tracking the protection of plant varieties by embracing the 1991 Convention of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV).

A Differentiated Approach to Plant Variety Protection in Africa

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Authors: Bram De Jonge & Peter Munyi 

Several African countries and regional organisations are investing in the establishment of a plant variety protection system modelled on the UPOV 1991 Convention, which currently provides the strongest, international standard for plant variety protection.

From Experience: the Invisible Success Factors in Product Innovation

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The article outlines the reasons why so many companies and senior managements have failed to heed the messages and continue to repeat the same mistakes as their predecessors. 

Forest Landscape Restoration: Who Decides? A Governance Approach to Forest Landscape Restoration

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Author: Oosten C van, 2013

Forest landscape restoration is currently gaining momentum as a means of jointly addressing climate change and future agricultural demands. Forest landscape restoration does not aim to ‘just’ restore forests, but to restore them from a broader perspective on the landscape as a whole, allowing simultaneous restoration of the ecological and productive functions of forests. There are many ways in which forested landscapes can be restored, depending on the biophysical characteristics of the landscapes, but also, and even more so on the interests of a landscape’s stakeholders, and the way in which they negotiate, and make landscape decisions. This complex process of decision making between stakeholders operating at various levels and scales is usually referred to as landscape governance.