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WTO decission also allows to roll back too far reaching Intellectual property rights on seeds

In my view one of the main gains of the reached agreement at the WTO is that the controversial "no-role back clause" has been taken out.

Now the governments of countries like Tanzania are able to positively respond to critic of civil society groups and farmers organisations and to roll back too far reaching Intellectual property rights on seeds [ http://allafrica.com/stories/201304160112.html ] , or on other goods like medicine and educational materials

For example just 2 month ago Tanzanian farmers’ organizations and civil society organizations working on farmers’ rights, agricultural biodiversity and agroecology, raise the concerned about new seed laws which might grant too far reaching intellectual property rights on seeds

Their statement can be found here:

[ http://www.scribd.com/doc/147792593/Tanzanian-Civil-Society-Statement-on-Farmers-Rights-22-March-2013 ]

However the question remains if Least Developed Countries indeed will dare to use the new WTO flexibilities against the will of the countries which originally opposed it, like the EU and the US.

Burghard Ilge , Both ENDS

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