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Trips and Agricultural Biotechnology: Implications for the Right to Food in Africa

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This chapter highlights the implications of the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Agreement on Trade Related Aspects on Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on the right to food in Africa. It also highlights that modern agricultural biotechnology research and development is dominated by multinationals with distinct commercial interests while this industry is driven by intellectual property rights (IPRs). The chapter analyses the implications of TRIPS on the right to food, and in this regard, a study of other relevant international and regional agreements is made to assess the impact of TRIPS. Finally, Africa's compliance with its international obligations under TRIPS is reviewed and assessed in light of the aforementioned implications.

Keywords: Africa; agricultural biotechnology; intellectual property rights (IPRs); right to food; TRIPS; World Trade Organisation (WTO)



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