From Lessons to Practice and Impact: Scaling up pathways in peoples’ biodiversity management

The rights and technical capacities of indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers are the focus of the three-year global program, ‘Putting lessons into practice: Scaling up People’s Biodiversity Management for Food Security’.  The program aims to support farmers to influence policies and institutions on the sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food security in the context of climate change. Around 83,700 households have benefitted to date: including 15,532 primary target households, or 82,400 individuals, 60% of whom were women.

This briefing draws on the program’s results to suggest a global framework and six pathways for scaling up; it includes short case studies of the program’s innovation and learning from Peru, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. The case studies form the basis of the local-to-global, evidence-based policy recommendations on Farmers’ Rights and the sustainable use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). The technical paper that forms the basis of this briefing note has been submitted to the Governing Body of the ITPGRFA for its Sixth Session, 5–9 October 2015 in Rome.