New legal decision against Enola bean

22 July, 2009 by (comments)

A US citizen who claimed he had “invented” a new bean, and took out a patent on the yellow “Enola” variety has once again had his claim defeated in the courtroom. But despite the result, the case raises important questions about the effectiveness of biopiracy laws, and their ability to adequately protect small farmers. On 10th July, the U.S.Read More …

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G8 food security initiative – at the right time

15 July, 2009 by (comments)

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has welcomed the G8’s decision to boost agricultural development spending by US$20 billion over the next few years. The G8 group concluded their week-long summit in Rome with details of the initiative, which will seek to boost food production in some of the poorest countries in the world. The money willRead More …

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G8 climate deal a “step in the right direction” – Jarvis

10 July, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT’s climate change expert Andy Jarvis has welcomed the G8’s decision to limit global temperature rises to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The heads-of-state of the world’s most powerful industrialized countries have been meeting in Rome, Italy, this week, with carbon emissions targets high on the agenda. The 2-degree cap, agreed on Thursday (July 9th),Read More …

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