July 2013

Small-scale Farmers: The missing element in the WIPO-IGC Draft Articles on Genetic Resources

The Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) of the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is currently
negotiating intellectual property rules around Genetic
Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional
Cultural Expressions/folklore. The implications of the
draft text on small-scale farmers and food security
are unclear. Here we explore the possible linkages and
questions that should be further explored.


  • Susan Bragdon

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