Whither Farmers' Rights? Reflections on Kenya's Seed and
|Wakhungu, Judi W.; Bernard Ogolla & David Wafula
Whither Farmers' Rights? Reflections on Kenya's Seed and Plant
Ecopolicy 13 (Nairobi: African Centre for Technology
The authors begin by
presenting the main features of the international regimes pertaining to seeds
and farmers' rights, followed by a discussion of Kenyan legislation on plant
variety protection and on seed certification. They find that this legislation
acts to limit the prospects for farmers to maintain and develop their
agricultural systems, and amendments to include farmers' rights are
In Kenya, as is the case all over Africa, the majority of
farmers are small-scale and marginal. If their rights are not protected,
agricultural productivity will decline and food security will be undermined.
Therefore, a major priority must be to protect farmers' rights in legislation
on seeds and plant varieties legislation, they conclude.