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In the recently published discussion paper, ‘The SADC PVP Protocol: Blueprint for uptake of UPOV 1991 in Africa’, Sabrina Masinjila and Mariam Mayet, provide an updated critique on the regional Plant Variety Protection (PVP) system developed under the auspices of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – the SADC PVP protocol – adopted by the Heads of States and Governments of SADC in August 2017. They also discuss the anomalies between the SADC Protocol and the Arusha PVP Protocol, as nine SADC countries are also members of ARIPO.
10 September 2018
South Africa Namibia Zambia Ghana Zimbabwe Lesotho Swaziland Malawi Tanzania Mauritius Mozambique
FISP farmer support seed fertiliser agroecology RWA Rural Women’s Assembly SAPSN Namibia Windhoek SADC Summit SADC
Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) and African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) jointly hosted a meeting of farmers and civil society organisations (CSOs) in August 2018 to share views and experiences on farm input subsidy programmes (FISPs) and public sector support for agroecology in the region. About 140 participants from Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Mauritius, Lesotho, Swaziland and Ghana attended the workshop. The gathering was part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) People’s Summit, a bigger event of over 800 delegates organised by the Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) to coincide with the SADC Heads of State Summit happening at the same time in Windhoek.
In the recently published discussion document by the African Centre for Biodiversity titled, The Arusha Protocol and Regulations: Institutionalising UPOV 1991 in African seed systems & laws , authors Linzi Lewis and Mariam Mayet attempt to provide an updated, and holistic critique of the Arusha Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants read together with its operationalising Regulations: Regulations for Implementing the Arusha Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants Within the Framework of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO).