CAS-IP is in DC and we are hosting the 4th annual meeting of the National Partners Initiative (the NPI).
PIIPA is co-sponsoring the meeting, and Mark Davis, PIIPA President and Acting CEO welcomed the participants who are joining us from around the world. Victoria Henson-Apollonio, Manager of CAS-IP talked about the future of the NPI as the DGIS funding to CAS-IP that has supported these activities expires at the end of 2010. There are exciting opportunities and we will report on the NPI’s new home when a final decision has been reached.
The morning was dedicated to discussing the workplans participants are engaged in throughout the year. Outputs and experiences are shared with the group. The afternoon was dedicated to presentations of the latest case studies from the group, for review and comments from peers. Topics included “Dealing with problems related to the implementation of the plant variety protection act in Thailand”, “Plant variety protection system in China”, “Farming community registry as a farmers’ rights mechanism in the Philippines”, and “Audit of KARI’s plant varieties/plant breeders rights”. Drafts of these case studies will soon be available.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome all of the participants to the meeting. I’m looking forward to what promises to be a productive and enjoyable week! Our list of participants includes representation from the following organisations: ICRISAT, IRRI, ILRI, CIP, AVRDC, AfricaRice (formerly WARDA), CIAT, Bioversity, CIMMYT, IWMI, Moi University (Eldoret), KARI, NABDA, NCRI, Plant Variety Protection Division (Thailand), NAARM, WSU, ESTUDIO GRAU, Division for Plant Variety Protection (P.R.China), FORDA, MARDI, INERA, PROINNOVA, Copyright Office (Burkina Faso), Plant Variety Protection Office (Phillipines), LESI, PIIPA, AATF and of course CAS-IP.
It’s an impossibly long list of acronyms I know… I am hoping someone can help me out with links for all these organisations in the comments section!
(thanks to Peter Bloch for his input into this post)