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Walter Smolders

October 2005

Disclosure of Origin and Access and Benefit Sharing: The special case of seeds for food and agriculture - Occasional Paper 17

Access to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, and the conservation of such resources is vital, as it has far-reaching implications for food security. Patents can hinder access to plant resources for breeding purposes. He discusses the position of several key actors relating to disclosure of origin, says that disclosure of source is not a problem for the seed industry (ISF), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the Biotechnology Industry Association (BIO).


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