AFSA Calls on African Governments at Arusha Meeting to Shun Protocol that Undermines Sovereignty and Farmers’ Rights to Seed

by Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Nineteen African nations, members of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), began deliberating on the highly contentious draft ARIPO Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Protocol on Monday, 29th June in Arusha Tanzania. Many of these nations are least developed countries, the poorest and most vulnerable countries in the world.