OAPI launches in Togo a project guaranteeing exclusive rights to agricultural actors who discover or create new plant varieties

Agriculture
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 12:07
OAPI launches in Togo a project guaranteeing exclusive rights to agricultural actors who discover or create new plant varieties

(Togo First) - The African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), in partnership with the Togolese government, launched last yesterday the "Project for Reinforcement and Promotion of the Plant Variety Protection System at OAPI and its member States (PPOV)."

This "system gives African actors of agricultural sectors exclusive rights over any plant variety they discover or create," sources indicate. 

Alongside the launch, experts of OAPI and its member States learned how the new system functions and should, as a result, better develop efficient mechanisms to valorize plant varieties, both in the private and public sectors.  

Major topics covered at the training session include: Why and how to protect new plant varieties? What valorization strategies should be put in place? What types of financings can agricultural actors get? Which type of partnership can be implemented? 

OAPI's initiative is financially-backed by the European Union Commission and is supported by the African, Carribean and Pacific Group of States. 

 Séna Akoda

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