What is Plant Varieties Protection?

Plant Varieties Protection involves the protection of breeders’ rights and applies to all plant genera and species. PVP allows farmers to access a wide range of improved varieties to contribute to the attainment of food security and economic development.

Laws and Legislation

The Arusha Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants was signed by a Diplomatic Conference held in Arusha, the United Republic of Tanzania on July 6, 2015.

Once effective, the Protocol will enable ARIPO to grant and protect breeders’ rights and administer such rights on behalf of the designated contracting states. The protocol will enter into force when four states have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession with the Director General of ARIPO.

Six Member States have signed the Protocol: Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, and the United Republic of Tanzania.

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