A Community Registry in the Philippines

In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 54-61.

This chapter shows how farmers on the island of Bohol in the Philippines established a community registry in response to Philippine legislation on plant variety protection. This was done to ensure that the varieties they maintained and bred could continue to be freely available to farmers. The farmers feel that this registry has provided them with a safety measure, enabling them to maintain their traditional ways of seed sharing and the exchange of related knowledge. In the chapter the main relevant national legislation, as well as the organisation and impact of the registry are analysed. In addition, challenges encountered and lessons learned are presented.