(*I was having problems with this link today; so if you too have problems connecting to the UN docs library link then please try this alternative link from the “Voices from Africa” website — Kay)
The report is written by Olivier De Schutter who is currently the Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Click here for the annoucement that it will be presented at the UN General Assembly on October 21st.
The Summary concludes with:
“The…report explores how States could implement seed policies that contribute to the full realization of human rights. It identifies how research and development could best serve the poorest farmers in developing countries, and how commercial seed systems could be regulated to serve the right to food and ensure the right of all to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress. Finally, it examines how farmers’ seed systems could best be supported, in order to serve the interest of all in the preservation of agrobiodiversity.”
- The developing regime of IP rights and biodiversity protection
- The expansion of IP rights
- The protection of biodiversity and the risk of misappropriation of genetic resources
- Crop genetic diversity as a global public good
- Redirecting innovation towards the realization of the right to food
- IP rights in the commercial seed systems and the right to food
- Farmers’ seed systems and the right to food
In the conclusion, the report calls for continued innovation on all fronts and urges a non-linear approach:
“Our paradigm of agricultural development must…be redefined”.
Donors and both the CGIAR and FAO are called upon to assist and support such innovation.
This report underlines the complexity of the work we are engaged in pursuing, and focuses attention on IP issues.
Post written by Peter Bloch, consultant to CAS-IP