Gmeiner, Nina (2024) The Value of Resources in Common Property Regimes for Actors’ Well-being: A comparative example of seed commons in societies of affluence and scarcity using the capability approach. Wahrnehmungsgeographische Studien, 31 . University of Oldenburg Press (UOLP), Oldenburg. ISBN 978-3-8142-2412-1

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Seeds and varieties are frequently managed in commons institutions around the world, referred to as seed commons. Economically, transaction costs are high in these property regimes compared to private property seeds. The hypothesis is that commons raise commoners‘ well-being by providing them with diverse economic, social, ecological and cultural benefits. The research question: In what way do seed commons influence farmer-breeders‘ individual well-being, visible in the capabilities they enable or prohibit? Eleven capabilities are distilled from case study research in the Philippines and Germany. Farmerbreeders benefit from an interwoven set of assets they gain by active involvement in their seed commons community, including economic security, professional and personal support, knowledge gains and improvements in critical thinking. In fact, this research suggests that it might be beneficial to consider commons more frequently as a go-to property regime for the 21st century.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: commons institutions; seed commons; capability approach, Philippines; natural resources; farming; agriculture
Subjects: Social sciences > Natural resources, energy and environment
Divisions: Miscellaneous > BIS Publishing House
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2024 13:05
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2024 13:08
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-61811

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