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ACB comments on revised Draft Regulations (Draft 2) for Implementing the Arusha Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants

Comment
Publication

The revised regulations for the implementation of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation’s (ARIPO’s) Arusha Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants continues to perpetuate the impingement of national sovereignty, fails to safeguard farmers’ rights and farmer seed systems and to provide safeguards against biopiracy

Grabbing Africa's seeds: USAID, EU and Gates Foundation back agribusiness seed takeover

Impacts/media coverage

The latest salvo in the battle over Africa's seed systems has been fired, writes Stephen Greenberg, with the Gates Foundation and USAID playing puppet-masters to Africa's governments - now meeting in Addis Ababa - as they drive forward corporation-friendly seed regulations that exclude and marginalize the small farmers whose seeds and labour fee

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) submission to ARIPO, AU and UNECA for urgent intervention in draft ARIPO Plant Variety Protection Protocol, in order to protect farmers' rights and the right to food.

Briefing paper
Civil Society Statement
Comment
Publication
Policy Submission

This submission contains several grounds upon which AFSA is seeking urgent interventions by ARIPO, the AU and the UNECA to urgently revise the draft ARIPO PVP Protocol to

AFSA strongly condemns sleight of hand moves by ARIPO to join UPOV 1991, bypass national laws and outlaw farmers' rights

Civil Society Statement
Press release
Publication

PRESS RELEASE FROM ALLIANCE FOR FOOD SOVEREIGNTY IN AFRICA Addis Ababa, Accra 3 April 2014 The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)1 strongly condemns the move by the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) to join UPOV 1991, which will effectively outlaw the centuries-old African f

Civil Society Statement on COMESA Seed Trade Laws

Civil Society Statement
Comment
Publication
Policy Submission

This submission was made by civil society groups at a COMESA meeting in Lusaka during March 2013, in which serious concerns were raised about the COMESA seed trade laws as negatively impacting on small farmers in the COMESA region.

ARIPO's PVP law undermines Farmers' Rights & Food Security in Africa

Media
Press release

(Dar es Salaam, Harare, Kampala, Johannesburg). The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) has proposed a draft regional harmonized policy and legal framework on Plant Variety Protection (PVP), based on the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) Convention of 1991.