Author: African Centre for Biodiversity
Topics: seed laws; biodiversity; farmers’ rights; farmers’ seed systems

This paper highlights the role that seed laws play in facilitating the expansion of the Green Revolution project on the continent, by creating regulatory environments that enable corporate entry and control of seed and agriculture systems.

In this regard, building on the ACB’s formidable and consistent body of work on seed laws and policies in Africa, it provides a critique of Zanzibar’s Seed Bill, as an example. It argues and demonstrates that such laws entrench the marginalisation of farmers’ seed systems and undermine the realisation of farmers’ rights. Consequently, such laws preclude the existence of alternative appropriate systems for farmer seeds, which are rooted in the realities of smallholder farmers, and which promote agricultural biodiversity through agroecological systems, while upholding farmers’ and human rights.

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