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Exploring the Feasibility of Farmers' Rights

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  • C. S. Srinivasan

    (University of Reading, UK)

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In many developing countries, there is concern that a conventional system of plant breeders' rights provides no rewards to farmers for their role in the conservation and enhancement of agro-biodiversity. To redress this imbalance, developing countries are incorporating farmers' rights provisions in their plant variety protection legislation. This article examines the feasibility of farmers' rights provisions based on intellectual property rights. It argues that the farmers' rights provisions crafted by some developing countries will involve enormous operational difficulties, while IPR-based farmers' rights are unlikely to provide significant economic returns to farmers or farming communities. At the same time, farmers' rights provisions, as currently conceived, are likely significantly to dilute the incentives for innovation provided to institutional plant breeders. Copyright Overseas Development Institute, 2003.

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Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

Volume (Year): 21 (2003)
Issue (Month): (07)
Pages: 419-447

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Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:21:y:2003:i::p:419-447

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  1. Lambrou, Yianna & Laub, Regina, 2006. "Gender, Local Knowledge, and Lessons Learnt in Documenting and Conserving Agrobiodiversity," Working Paper Series, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) RP2006/69, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  2. Tripp, Robert & Louwaars, Niels & Eaton, Derek, 2007. "Plant variety protection in developing countries. A report from the field," Food Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 32(3), pages 354-371, June.
  3. Marc Baudry & Adrien Hervouet, 2014. "Promoting innovation on the seed market and biodiversity: the role of IPRs and commercialisation rules," EconomiX Working Papers 2014-32, University of Paris West - Nanterre la Défense, EconomiX.
  4. C.S. Srinivasan, 2005. "The International Trends In Plant Variety Protection," The Electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, vol. 2(2), pages 182-220.
  5. Marc Baudry & Adrien Hervouet, 2014. "Innovation on the seed market: the role of IPRs and commercialisation rules," Working Papers 1411, Chaire Economie du Climat.

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