Reshaping Seed Sovereignty

  • Clare O’Grady WalsheEmail author
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter provides a synopsis of the key findings of the study. It suggests that transformationalism is a useful framework for assessing changes in seed practices in sub-Saharan Africa and argues that hyperglobalist seed laws and practices can be avoided if there is sufficient political will. It ends with a call for decisive action to generate more equitable outcomes in the seed space. It identifies four areas for immediate action: (1) The revision of international seed law and policies; (2) the evaluation of all existing and proposed domestic seed laws and policies; (3) the expansion of community seed banks; and (4) the development of evolutionary breeding systems that will generate genetic variability that could become central to national programmes for future-proofing for climate change.


Seed sovereignty Seed laws Community seed banks Genetic variability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law and GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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