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Intellectual Property Rights, Protection of the Genetic Resources and Indigenous Knowledge in Africa: Contrast Between Legal Provisions and Farmers' Interests in OAPI Region

Assembe Mvondo, Samuel (2004):
Intellectual Property Rights, Protection of the Genetic Resources and Indigenous Knowledge in Africa: Contrast Between Legal Provisions and Farmers' Interests in OAPI Region
Paper presented at the IAO International Conference on Measures to Protect and Promote Farmers' Rights: From Local to International Experiences, 25-27 October 2004, Florence, Italy

Summary

The African Intellectual Property Organization (which has the French acronym OAPI) is based on the so-called 'Bangui Agreements', which have been ratified by 16 West African countries. This paper analyses the provisions of these agreements on plant variety protection, traditional knowledge and related farmers' rights.

Farmers' rights are not sufficiently provided for in the Agreements, the author concludes, and recommends therefore that each Party to the Agreements should take its own measures to protect and promote farmers' rights.
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