India's Plant Variety Protection and Farmers' Rights Act,
2001/Plant Variety Protection and Farmers' Rights Law/Farmers' Rights and Food
|Sahai, Suman (2003):
India's Plant Variety
Protection and Farmers' Rights Act, 2001
Current Science, Vol.
84, No. 3, 10 February 2003
Sahai, Suman (2001):
Protection and Farmers' Rights Law
Economic and Political Weekly,
1 September 2001
Sahai, Suman (2000):
Farmers' Rights and Food
Economic and Political Weekly, 11 March 2000
In a number of articles,
Suman Sahai examines and comments on the Indian Protection of Plant Varieties
and Farmers' Rights Act of 2001.
In one of the final drafts before the
bill was adopted, she found that provisions on the sale of seeds by farmers
would threaten India's food security and thereby it's national security (2000).
Her 2001 article, written after the adoption of the Act, analyses the Act, and
finds that it recognizes farmers as conservers of the agricultural gene pool
and as breeders, and provides for rights for rural communities. Improvements
were are needed, but the major challenge would be to identify an international
platform on which it would be possible to interact with other countries
regarding the protection and promotion of farmers' rights in India and
elsewhere. India should work along with other developing countries to evolve an
alternative to Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, which she
deems inappropriate to the needs of developing countries. In her 2003
contribution, she deepens her analysis of the inappropriateness of the Union as
a platform for international recognition of plant breeders' as well as farmers'
rights in developing countries.