Reflections on ITPGRFA, UPOV 1991 and South Africa

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Recently the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) held national consultations on whether South Africa should accede to two international agreements related to seed: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA, or the Treaty) and the International Convention on the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) 1991.

UPOV 1991 and the ITPGRFA: Key issues for farmer managed seed systems in South Africa

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The South African government has called upon stakeholders to submit comments and attend stakeholder meetings on the 23rd and 24th October 2018, on the implications of South Africa acceding to the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV 1991) and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGFRA).

WFD Celebrations honouring Seed Diversity and Custodians in the Eastern Cape

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WFD Celebrations honouring Seed Diversity and Custodians in the Eastern Cape

Press Release: World Food Day Celebration in the Eastern cape: Phansi GMO Maize Phambili Agrocology!

15th October 2018

On World Food Day, 16th October 2018, the African Centre for Biodiversity is partnering with Zingisa, Ntinga Ntaba ka Ndoda, Ilizwi Lamafama, Mxumbu Youth Cooperative, Calabash Trust and Khanyisa to celebrate and honour local seed diversity, and local seed custodians in the Eastern Cape.