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CIOPORA Advocates for Sufficiently Broad EDV Concept

Geneva, October 31 - At the recent meeting of the UPOV Administrative and Legal Committee (CAJ), CIOPORA advocated for a sufficiently broad interpretation of the Essentially Derived Variety concept (EDV). According to CIOPORA, as far as vegetatively reproduced ornamental and fruit varieties are concerned, all mutations and GMO should be considered to be EDVs. Photo by William Felker on Unsplash The purpose of the EDV concept is to ensure a fair return on investment to the breeder of the Initial Variety. The right of the breeder of the original genotype should be strengthened by creating a level playing field between traditional breeders and biotech inventors (developers of GMO) and by mainta

UN Human Rights Council Adopts Alarming Resolution on Peasants’ Right to Seeds

Right on farm-saved propagating material as a civic right? September 28, Geneva – The United Nations Human Rights Council responded to the long-standing demand of peasants’ organizations by passing a resolution and thereby adopting the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. Article 19 (d) of the Declaration provides alarmingly broad scope of peasants’ right on seed, including “right to save, use, exchange and sell their farm-saved seed or propagating material”, hence instructing states to ensure that seeds of sufficient quality and quantity are affordable and available at the suitable time for planting. While, if adopted by the UN General Assembly, the

CIOPORA Gets Full Picture of China’s PVP at High-Level Bilateral Meeting

CIOPORA meets high-level officials of Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) and State Forestry and Grassland Administration (SFGA) in August in Beijing. August 29, Beijing – at its first bilateral meeting with the Chinese authorities since the All Asian Plant Breeders’ Rights Conference in 2006, MARA, SFGA and CIOPORA held candid talks on the challenges of ornamental and fruit breeders and China’s Plant Variety Protection (PVP), laying an important cornerstone for cooperation in the future. The bilateral talks covered a wide range of topics including clarifications of CIOPORA’s positions and China’s PVP provisions, drawing a promising picture for potential improvements. In

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