Exploring the Feasibility of Farmers'
|Srinivasan, C.S. (2003):
Feasibility of Farmers' Rights
Development Policy Review, Vol.
21, No. 4, pp. 419-447
This article examines the
feasibility of farmers' rights provisions based on intellectual property
It argues that the farmers' rights legislation already adopted
in some developing countries will involve enormous operational difficulties,
while intellectual property rights based farmers' rights are unlikely to
provide any significant economic returns to farmers or farming communities.
Indeed, they may dilute the incentives for innovation provided to institutional
plant breeders, the author argues, noting that this may not be a desirable
outcome for developing countries. Conservation projects supported by community
gene funds may be a better way to address concerns regarding the conservation
of agrobiodiversity, but it would be unrealistic to expect that such funds
could be financed through levies on the royalties of plant breeders, the author