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

Briefing paper
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Report

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 Agri

Status report on the SADC, COMESA and EAC harmonised seed trade regulations: Where does this leave the regions' smallholder farmers?

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Report

This paper, The Status Report on the SADC, COMESA and EAC harmonised seed trade regulations: Where does this leave the regions’ smallholder farmers?, researched and written by Linzi Lewis and Sabrina Masinjila of the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), provides a brief background and status update on efforts by regional economic communities t

Towards socially just and ecologically sustainable seed policies for Africa: Farmers, CSOs meet in Harare

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Report

Seed policy in sub-Saharan Africa is developing and changing fast, as the seed industry continues to expand its reach. A huge amount of energy and resources are being directed at harmonising seed and intellectual property legislation at the regional level through regional economic communities.

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
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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

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.