CSOs Condemns SADC Protocol on Plants

(CSOs) from around the world have condemned a SADC draft protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants

Civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the world have condemned a Southern African Development Community (SADC) draft protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (Plant Breeders’ Rights), saying it spells disaster for small-scale farmers.

The groups, representing millions of farmers globally, have submitted a list of their concerns to the SADC secretariat, urging it to throw the document away and consult farmers and CSOs.

According to the groups, the protocol is inflexible, restrictive and imposes a ‘one-size-fits-all’ plant variety protection (PVP) system on all SADC countries, irrespective of the nature of agricultural systems and socioeconomic development.

To read the article titled, “New pact spells doom for smallholders,” click here.

Source: 
The Citizen

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