July 2002

Food Security, Biotechnology and Intellectual Property

Will biotechnology and the minimum standards of intellectual property rights (IPRs) required of members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) affect food security? Variations on this question have arisen in discussions with negotiators in Geneva in the Quaker UN Office programme (QUNO) on the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). This paper provides some ideas of how that question might be answered.



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