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1. Welcome to this global questionnaire survey!

Your contribution is highly appreciated. It enables the analysis of experiences with the management of crop genetic diversity at the local and national levels across the world. It also enables the identification of local initiatives for seed security around the world and their achievements in light of climate change, COVID-19 and the challenges of food security. Not least: your contribution will help understand the state of farmers’ rights related to crop genetic resources worldwide.

The questionnaire survey is carried out as part of the research project Pathways to food security, poverty alleviation and livelihoods through the implementation of farmers rights to crop genetic diversity (DIVERSIFARM), carried out by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, in collaboration with University of Cape Town, South Africa; Mekelle University, Ethiopia; The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT; German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture; and Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Following this survey, further research and case-studies will be carried out, with the ultimate goal of identifying a roadmap to scale up successful models.

Completing this questionnaire will take approximately 25 minutes.

The value of this questionnaire survey depends on outreach. We need respondents from all regions of the world and from all relevant stakeholder groups. Please help us by passing on the link to this questionnaire survey to all stakeholders in your network that you deem relevant. Thank you very much in advance!

The deadline for this survey is 15 September.

Should you have any questions, please contact Sofie Løchen Smedsrud at slsmedsrud@fni.no.

Yours sincerely,

For the DIVERSIFARM team,
Regine Andersen (Dr. Polit), Project Leader, DIVERSIFARM
Research Director, Biodiversity and Natural Resources
Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway