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Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance Areas of expertise

Land, food & agriculture

We are exploring the intersection between environmental law and agriculture in the light of sustainability, food security and a rights-based approach. We are particularly interested in:

  • conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity
  • agricultural research and development, access to genetic resources and fair and equitable benefit-sharing
  • farmers’ rights, rights to seed and protection of agriculture-related traditional knowledge
  • right to food
  • trade- and intellectual property-related obstacles to the protection of agricultural biodiversity and traditional knowledge
  • new technologies including modern biotechnology, and biosafety-related issues
  • land governance and large-scale agricultural investments
  • land tenure and community-level land and resource rights
  • common property regimes and customary systems for natural resource use
  • the intersection between land and water governance

The quest for food security can be the common thread that links the different challenges we face and helps build a sustainable future.” José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General

We are following closely international law and policy developments in the context of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the UN Committee on World Food Security and the Convention on Biological Diversity. We are also working with FAO and the CBD Secretariat: find out more about our partnerships here.


Check our publications in the area of land, food, & agriculture here.