Farmers’ Groups Warn ARIPO about Implementing UPOV 91 in Africa
IP Watch, 30 October 2013

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: A collective civil society group, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, has raised concerns about a draft Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) plant variety protection law, which is based on the 1991 version of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). The draft law, which may come up for adoption in November, would criminalise farmers’ rights and undermine the seed systems in Africa, they said. The new framework would “make it illegal for farmers to engage in their age-old practice of freely using, sharing and selling seeds/propagating material; a practice that underpins 90% of the smallholder agriculture systems in sub-Saharan Africa.” Read the article … Visit the ARIPO website …