In an open letter dated 28th January 2016 addressed to UPOV Members, AFSA, a pan African platform representing small holder farmers, pastoralists, hunter/gatherers, indigenous peoples, citizens and environmentalists from Africa expressed its outraged at the deliberate exclusion of civil society and representatives of smallholder farmers from discussions leading to the adoption of a regional Protocol on PVP.
China’s revised Seed Law was adopted on 4 November 2015 by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and the law went into effect on 1st January 2016. The revision process lasted almost 3 years and the revision of some provisions raised nationwide attention and debate among the industry, agricultural departments of all levels, research institutions and civil society groups.
This publication by GRAIN looks at what the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) might mean for farmers’ seeds in the region, in the context of the recently signed Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). RCEP will include the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It will also include six regional partners that already have free trade agreements (FTAs) with ASEAN: Australia, China, India, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.
Five of the global issues most frequently debated today are the decline of biodiversity in general and of agrobiodiversity in particular, climate change, hunger and malnutrition, poverty and water. Seed is central to all five issues. The way in which seed is produced has been arguably their major cause. But it can also be the solution to all these issues
Salvatore Ceccarelli (2016) The Centrality of Seed: Building Agricultural Resilience Through Plant Breeding
59 civil society organisations from South and North urge the ITPGRFA Secretary Shakeel Bhatti to continue with the process outlined in Notification GB6-028 and to identify independent experts to undertake an investigation on implementation of Article 9 by UPOV and WIPO.
The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has released preliminary findings of research conducted in Zambia: “Which way forward for Zambia’s smallholder farmers: Green Revolution input subsidies or agro-ecology?” The research is part of a three year multi-country programme looking at the impacts of the Green Revolution on small-scale farmers in southern Africa, with a particular focus on seed and soil fertility.As with the rest of the region, small-scale farming households in Zambia have maize as their primary crop and produce mainly for household use with surpluses sold or exchang
UPOV will be meeting in Geneva for its Autumn session from 26th – 29th October 2015. Its Administrative and Legal Committee (CAJ) will meet on 26th October and 27th October while its main rule-making body, the Consultative Committee (CC) will meet on 28th October. UPOV’s highest decision-making body, the UPOV Council will meet on 29th October. The proceedings of the CC are closed to observers.
A new publication by Sangeeta Shashikant and François Meienberg describes the interrelations between the International Treaty, its Article 9 on Farmers' Rights, and relevant instruments of UPOV and WIPO.
107 farmers’ seeds networks are calling on governments to support their movement, based on the principles of Food Sovereignty. As long as the Treaty is not reformed to fully apply articles 5, 6 and 9, they will continue to create their own multilateral exchange system between peasants.