ARIPO Protocol is a tool for foreign takeover of Ghana's agriculture

Kweku, Edwin; Baffour, Andoh
Date Written:  2015-07-02
Publisher:  Pambazuka News
Year Published:  2015
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX17661

Ghanaian citizens have so far prevented the passage of the Plant Breeders Bill, a UPOV-91-compliant law that would strip Ghanaian farmers of their rights to their own seeds. But there is worse coming from the African Regional Intellectual Property Association (ARIPO). To Ghana’s great credit, and despite determination and pressure from the G7, USAID and its contractors, despite the willing and enthusiastic cooperation of Ghana’s ministers, Attorney General, and both major political parties, Ghana has refused to pass a farmer destroying, sovereignty busting, UPOV law.

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