Intellectual property, biodiversity and food security

Authored by: Brad Sherman

Routledge Handbook of Biodiversity and the Law

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138693302
eBook ISBN: 9781315530857
Adobe ISBN:


 Download Chapter



According to recent data, one in eight people in the world (one billion people) go hungry every day, while more than two in eight (over two billion people) live in fear of hunger or starvation (FAO, 2014). A number of factors have contributed to this problem, including population growth, 1 under-investment in agricultural research and innovation, increasing energy costs, changing climatic conditions, the degradation of natural resources, and political and economic instability. While food security is not a major issue in developed countries (although it is an issue), domestic agriculture is under threat from similar factors. For example, as the Australian Government’s 2014 Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper recognizes, there is an urgent and ongoing domestic need to improve agricultural yields, increase sustainability, enhance and facilitate the breeding and development of new plant varieties, and assist local agriculture in adapting to climatic and environmental changes. Similar problems arise in other developing counties around the world. This is important for global food security because these issues undermine the ability of these countries to help meet the global demand for food.

Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.