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Intellectual Property Rights in Agriculture: Legal Mechanisms to Protect Farmers' Rights in Nepal

Adhikari, Kamalesh (2008):
Intellectual Property Rights in Agriculture: Legal Mechanisms to Protect Farmers' Rights in Nepal
(Kathmandu: Forum for Protection of Public Interest (PRO PUBLIC) and South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment (SAWTEE))

Summary

This book deals with equity aspects of the commercialization of agricultural biodiversity, and the issue of protecting farmers' rights to plant varieties and related knowledge, in the light of the global policies to promote the application of biotechnology in agriculture and the possible implications of intellectual property rights (IPRs) for farmers in Nepal. It emphasizes the need to protect farmers' rights in the plant variety protection law that Nepal must implement as part of its obligation and commitment under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Some important legal measures that Nepal can implement to protect farmers' rights with regard to IPR-protected plant varieties are suggested. The book also deals with measures that are crucial for recognizing farmers' rights over farmer-developed varieties and related knowledge.

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