With the kind permission of the Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources (the holder of the copyrights to the articles), we introduce this special issue of the Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources 25 (1), 2012. The special issue includes two policy papers of interest.
P.L. Gautam, Chairman of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Authority, New Delhi, and co-authors offer an overview of the development of legal instruments related to the enactment of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Act in various countries, including India, as well as other relevant acts applicable to plant genetic resources (pp. 9-30).
R.S. Rana, Member of the National Biodiversity Authority, India gives a detailed account on the issue of access and benefit sharing of plant genetic resources in the article entitled “Accessing PGR and Sharing the Benefits : Experiences in India” (pp. 31-51).
Two other articles of interest are co-authored by Bioversity International colleagues: “Community Based Approach to On-Farm Conservation and Sustainable Use of Agricultural Biodiversity in Asia” (pp. 97-110) and “The Patterns of Use and Determinants of Crop Diversity by Pearl Millet Farmers in Rajasthan” (pp. 85-96).