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FARMERS' RIGHTS LEGISLATION & POLICY DATABASE:

African Union (AU)

All the African states except Morocco are currently members of the African Union, which was first established as the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963 and launched as the African Union in 2002.


Legislation on Farmers' Rights and community rights related to crop genetic resources

African Model Legislation for the Protection of the Rights of Local Communities, Farmers and Breeders, and for the Regulation of Access to Biological Resources
   Status: Model law from 2000
   Relevant provisions: Part 1. Objectives, Part 4. Community Rights, Part 5. Farmers` Rights
   Download the legislation (PDF)


Legislation on conservation and sustainable use of crop genetic resources

African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
   Status: Adopted as of 15 September 1968, amended in 2003, only ratified by 30 countries
   Relevant provisions: Article 6. Flora
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Traditional knowledge legislation

African Model Legislation for the Protection of the Rights of Local Communities, Farmers and Breeders, and for the Regulation of Access to Biological Resources
   Status: Model law from 2000
   Relevant provisions: Part 1. Objectives, Part 3. Access to Biological Resources
   Download the legislation (PDF)


Bioprospecting legislation with access and benefit sharing provisions

African Model Legislation for the Protection of the Rights of Local Communities, Farmers and Breeders, and for the Regulation of Access to Biological Resources
   Status: Model law from 2000
   Relevant provisions: Part 1. Objectives, Part 3. Access to Biological Resources
   Download the legislation (PDF)


Seed laws, including seed certification rules

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Laws on plant variety protection, also called plant breeders' rights legislation

African Model Legislation for the Protection of the Rights of Local Communities, Farmers and Breeders, and for the Regulation of Access to Biological Resources
   Status: Model law from 2000
   Relevant provisions: Part 1. Objectives, Part 6. Plant Breeders` Rights
   Download the legislation (PDF)


Patent laws

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