3 July 2017
Lobbying papers on South Africa’s Plant Improvement Bill and Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill
Commentary on South Africa’s Plant Improvement Bill and Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill. Read here.
17 November 2016
Comments on the revised draft regulations (draft 3) for implementing the Arusha Protocol for the ...
Further comments on the revised regulations (draft 3) for the implementation of ARIPO’s Arusha Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, that will be submitted for adoption in December 2016. This paper focuses on some of the most problematic aspects that needs to be rectified by ARIPO Member States as these perpetuate impingement […]
28 July 2016
ACB comments on revised Draft Regulations (Draft 2) for Implementing the Arusha Protocol for the ...
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. These comments, submitted to ARIPO, raise concerns and […]
8 June 2013
ACB’s comments on the Plant Breeders Rights Bill
We are grateful to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for allowing us the opportunity to attend the stakeholder workshop on the 22nd of May 2013 and for inviting us to submit our comments on the Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill. We are also pleased to note that the DAFF has indeed taken on board […]
8 June 2013
Comments by the African Centre for Biosafety on SA’s Plant Improvement Bill
According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (UNFAO), over the course of the 20th century, 75% of the world’s plant genetic diversity was lost, as local varieties and land races have been replaced with genetically uniform seed. A similar process in animal husbandry has put 53% of all livestock breeds at risk of […]
4 December 2012
ACB Comments on National Strategy on Agroecology
The Department of Agriculture is in the process of developing a Strategy for Agroecology for South Africa, with the aim of achieving “an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable agro-ecology sector that contributes towards poverty alleviation, job creation, food security, economic development, climate change mitigation and adaptation”. It is not clear where the drive for this […]