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Local Knowledge, Intellectual Property and Agricultural Innovation

  • Highlights the importance of local knowledge in agricultural innovation through intellectual property laws to help shape sustainable futures for farmers

  • Uses a relevant case study in India to illustrate in detail the problems in the agricultural industry stemming from poor legislation

  • Addresses policy issues related to agricultural innovation

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    • Michael Blakeney, Kadambot H. M. Siddique
    Pages 1-19
  3. Local Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation

    • Michael Blakeney
    Pages 67-80
  4. Plant Variety Rights and Food Security

    • Michael Blakeney
    Pages 81-100
  5. Trait Breeding and Plant Varietal Rights

    • Seyed Hossein Jamali
    Pages 101-115
  6. Farmers as Researchers: Government Regulation of Farmers’ Local Knowledge in Indonesia

    • Christoph Antons, Yunita T. Winarto, Adlinanur F. Prihandiani, Sinta Uli
    Pages 117-151
  7. Development of Local Rice on the Tabanan Regency of Bali

    • Ida Ayu Astarini, Made Pharmawati, Made Ria Defiani, Kadambot H. M. Siddique
    Pages 153-171
  8. Traditional Rice Cultivation in Kerala

    • Michael Blakeney, Jayasree Krishnankutty, Rajesh K. Raju, Kadambot H. M. Siddique
    Pages 199-216
  9. Community-Based Self-Help Groups in Agriculture

    • Beena Anil, Matthew Tonts, Kadambot H. M. Siddique
    Pages 217-239

About this book

This book examines the role of local knowledge in promoting agricultural innovation and legislative support for agricultural innovation through intellectual property laws and the protection of farmers’ rights. In assessing the role of intellectual property in promoting agricultural innovation the book examines plant variety rights protection, the patenting of plant varieties and plant breeding methods; gene patents and climate change; open source biotechnology and agricultural innovation and geographical indications and the marketing of agricultural products. 

As a test bed for the application of the themes of the book, it applies a case study approach to look at the role of local knowledge and intellectual property rights in the cultivation of traditional rice varieties in Kerala, South West India and the extent to which this cultivation is supported by Indian legislation. The book concludes with an examination of the success of self-help groups, such as Farmers’ Clubs. 

This book appeals to all readers interested in policies to promote sustainable agriculture at a time of increasing food insecurity. A special feature of the book is the case study approach. To date, the role of local knowledge and agricultural innovation has been almost entirely ignored and the role of intellectual property in this space has been largely ignored. The book is a result of a research collaboration between the University of Western Australia and Kerala Agricultural University, funded in part by the Australian Research Council.

Keywords

  • Knowledge management
  • Local knowledge
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Agricultural Innovation
  • Technology management
  • Food security
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Genetic resources
  • Biological diversity
  • DNA patents
  • Climate change
  • Geographical indications
  • Nagoya protocol
  • Farmer security

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Law, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia

    Michael Blakeney

  • Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair and Director of The UWA Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia

    Kadambot H. M. Siddique

About the editors

Professor Michael Blakeney is Winthrop Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia, visiting professor of intellectual property law and agriculture at Queen Mary University of London and visiting professor of intellectual property law at the University of Ferrara. He is a member of the Board of Management of The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

Professor Blakeney has an international reputation in intellectual property and agriculture. He has worked as a consultant with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the European Commission, European Patent Office and with the governments of countries in Africa, Asia, Australasia and Central and South America. He is the author of 22 books and has published more than 200 refereed articles and book chapters. He holds a number of national and international committee and editorial board positions.

He has directed EC projects concerned with the establishment of an IP infrastructure in a number of new EU Member States and EU Applicant States. He has also directed and been a short-term expert in a number of projects to assist developing countries to become members of the World Trade Organization.

His most recent book Food Loss and Waste. Causes and Solutions (2019) was awarded the Australian Institute of Food Sciences and Technology, Bruce Chandler Prize.

 

Professor Dr Kadambot Siddique is the Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair and Director of The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture. Professor Siddique has an international reputation in agricultural science especially in the fields of crop physiology, production agronomy, farming systems, genetic resources, breeding research in cereal, grain and pasture legumes and oilseed crops.  He has published more than 450 scientific papers and book/book chapters. Professor Siddique is the highly cited Researcher in agricultural science (Web of Science). He has trained numerous Masters, PhD students and postdoctoral Fellows from more than 30 countries.  

Because of Professor Siddique’s personal research and with others with whom he collaborates, Australia has become one of the major grain legume exporting nations in the world. His pioneering research on chickpea has contributed enormously to the Australian chickpea industry..

He is a visiting Professor in a number of overseas universities. Professor Siddique has developed an extensive network of scientists within Australia and has also established a diverse range of overseas (China, India, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Malaysia,  Timor-Leste, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Europe, Canada, USA) collaborative research and educational projects. He holds a number of national and international committee and editorial board positions. 

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, African Academy of Sciences, Australian Institute of Agriculture and Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Professor Siddique was the UN FAO Special Ambassador for the International Year of Pulses 2016, and is the recipient of national and international awards including: Friendship Award-2019 from the Chinese Government, Urrbrae Memorial Award, Member of the Order of Australia (AM), 2014 Western Australian Year of the Award (CitWA) and the Dunhunag Award by China's Gansu Provincial Government.

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  • ISBN: 978-981-15-4611-2
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)