Conservation of Local Varieties in the Basque Country in Spite of Legal Restrictions

In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 40-53.

This chapter tells the story of the Basque Seed Network’s work to maintain local varieties through documentation and use in the Basque Country of Northern Spain despite detrimental laws and a lack of legal space for the traditional practice of seed-sharing. The chapter presents and analyses an approach to the realisation of Farmers’ Rights that is based on documentation and promotion of local crop genetic resources. The views of various stakeholders are presented, and the chapter also offers some useful lessons for how to approach conservation work under similar circumstances.