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South Africa’s new seed and PVP Acts undermine farmers’ rights and entrench corporate capture, control and domination

Press release

Press Release from the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

23 April 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

The highly problematic new Plant Improvement Act 2018 (PIA) and Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 2018 (PBR), approved by Parliament last year, have been signed into law this March by the President, replacing the 1976 versions. Regulations are currently being drafted to bring these Acts fully into effect. The framing and scope of these Acts form part of the architecture that reinforces historically unequal seed, agricultural and food systems, and strengthens the power of large-scale commercial breeders. Thus, we have called for specific exemptions to protect and support the rights of smallholder farmers and their farming systems.

South Africa’s new seed law and its impacts on farmer seed systems and agricultural biodiversity

Briefing paper

In this updated briefing, the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) reflects on how the new Plant Improvement Act (PIA) 2018 will further undermine the rights of small-scale farmers while expanding the rights of the corporate agricultural sector, further entrenching its domination.

The PIA, together with the new Plant Breeder’s Rights Act (PBR) 2018, was approved by Parliament last October and has been signed into law this March by the President. The issues regarding these two Acts are interlinked and you can find the briefing on the PBR here.

South Africa’s new Plant Breeders’ Rights Act and its effect on farmers’ rights and farmer managed seed systems

Briefing paper

In this updated briefing, the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) warns that the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act (PBR) 2018 will impact negatively on small-scale farmers and calls for exemptions in the Regulations to protect farmers’ rights.

The PBR,  together with the new Plant Improvement Act (PIA) 2018, was approved by Parliament last October and has been signed into law this March by the President. The issues regarding these two Acts are interlinked and you can find the briefing on the PIA here.