Susan Isiko Štrba; Legal and institutional considerations for plant variety protection and food security in African development agendas: solutions from WIPO?. Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 2017 jpw209. doi: 10.1093/jiplp/jpw209
Susan Isiko Štrba is visiting Senior Research Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and a Senior Research Affiliate, University of Minnesota, Intellectual Property and Development Program.
African institutions are increasingly embracing high standards of intellectual property protection in their ‘development agendas’. In particular, concerning plant variety protection (PVP), one observes a worrying trend of premature harmonisation of PVP standards despite the possible negative impact on food security and access to food on the African continent.
Scholarship and debate on PVP protection has tended to ignore the role of WIPO when consi`dering solutions to PVP and food security. This paper posits that WIPO has a role to play in enabling the use of intellectual property in African ‘development agendas’ for agricultural innovation in a way that leads to long-term food security and access...