IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/p/pra/mprapa/38570.html
   My bibliography  Save this paper

The role of IPR on maize output in Zimbabwe

Author

Listed:
  • Chiwenga, Emson F

Abstract

This paper seeks to ascertain the role of intellectual property rights (IPR) on Zimbabwe’s maize output. Specific focus is given to the role of article 27 of the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement as well as the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) in influencing maize output in Zimbabwe. While there has been an appreciation of IPR legislation attracting investments, the Zimbabwean government has found no need of revisiting some of this legislation. This is demonstrated by how some of the pieces of legislation have been left idle for long periods of time. From theory, the availability and supply of maize seed influence farmer’s production decisions, which in turn reflect total output of maize. However output data of maize production for the period 1994 to 2008 seem not to support this assertion. The need for a grassroots founded framework model on intellectual property rights in maize production is long overdue for the country. Such a framework allows for a general direction that enables appropriate policies to be established in addressing challenges embedded within the current scenario. In the interest of local communities, it is necessary that indigenous farm knowledge and processes be protected as well.

Suggested Citation

  • Chiwenga, Emson F, 2010. "The role of IPR on maize output in Zimbabwe," MPRA Paper 38570, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised May 2011.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:38570
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/38570/1/MPRA_paper_38570.pdf
    File Function: original version
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Keith E. Maskus, 2000. "Intellectual Property Rights in the Global Economy," Peterson Institute Press: All Books, Peterson Institute for International Economics, number 99.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item

    Keywords

    Intellectual property rights; Maize production; TRIPS; Biological Diversity; Zimbabwe; developing and least developed countries;

    JEL classification:

    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:38570. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Joachim Winter). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/vfmunde.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.