I wanted to share for this blog some impressions of the NPI from the NPI members themselves. This project really is IP in action in the agricultural development arena! As you may have read during June (see this collection of posts) the NPI met for its Annual Meeting in Washington DC.
Personally I always experience not just one, but several ‘moments of clarity’ during these meetings. Our discussions around some of the nuances of IP management in agricultural development come into focus with the case studies and personal experiences of the group. And, the dynamic of the group is one of sharing and support – it’s as if experiences of members are somehow ‘peer reviewed’ giving individual members the confidence and authority to speak out within their own institutions.
When starting out with this project in 2007 we hoped that over time the group would perform the functions of an international professional society, and in our fourth year this has been realised.
But don’t just take my word for it – here are some impressions from the members about what the NPI does for them.
An extra special thanks to R.Raman from AfricaRice for capturing these videos