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

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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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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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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.

Mapping farmer seed varieties in Manica, Mozambique: initial investigations into agricultural biodiversity

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This scoping exercise to deepen our understanding of the current context of seed use, main crops and varieties in the research localities in order to gather evidence of the ongoing importance of farmer seed systems in the agricultural practices and livelihoods of smallholder farmers, to identify cases of biodiversity loss and to use this informa