The Geneva Academy, together with policy research think thank The South Center, Swissaid and CROPS4HD, released a new report on UPOV and UNDROP by the title: The Right To Seeds In Africa.
SPD#8: UPOV Convention – its Impact on Farmers in Europe and Globally
To discuss policy developments that affect crop diversity movements, the European Coordination Let’s Liberate Diversity (ECLLD) has launched a series of virtual Seed Policy Dialogues. The last SPD of the year in December 2021 was dedicated to plant variety protection, and more specifically to the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention
Seeds: Call for a global week of action against UPOV
Without seeds and without peasants, agriculture would not be possible. Ever since farming and livestock rearing began, peasants and farmers have freely developed, shared and preserved millions of different crop varieties, adapted to new and different socio-environment...
SPD#4: Intellectual Property Rights: patents on seeds
To discuss policy developments that affect crop diversity movements, the European Coordination Let’s Liberate Diversity (ECLLD) has launched a series of virtual Seed Policy Dialogues. In July 2021, the SPD focused on a particular type of intellectual property right on seeds, patents, and their impacts on agrobiodiversity.
European Patent Office finally revokes Monsanto patent on melons
However, further patents on seeds can still be granted.. 19 March 2021 / The Technical Board of Appeal at the European Patent Office (EPO) has confirmed the revocation of a patent on melons held by Monsanto (EP1962578). In the patent, Monsanto claims melons with a...
UPOV animation: The great seed robbery
Most seed laws that are trying to be imposed in the world are based on a convention called UPOV (International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants). Most people or organisations don’t know about UPOV, and its contents and implications for our seeds are...
APREBES: Updates on Plant Variety Protection Issue #40, 11 May 2020
the latest issue of APREBES (Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society) was released #40, 11 May 2020 Here more information https://www.apbrebes.org/ APBREBES
the ECPGR Information Bulletin No. 20 has been released
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France : a new ethical charter and an updated definition of peasant seeds for the national seed network.
Over the past three years, peasant seeds and the products derived from them (veggies, flour, bread …) have been more and more attractive for agribusiness actors as an interesting niche market. In France, we choose to use the concept of « commons » not...
The Reseau Semences Paysannes spreads a brochure on licensing living
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