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African Perspectives on Genetic Resources: A Handbook on Laws, Policies, and Institutions

Authors: 
Kent Nnadozie, Robert Lettington, Carl Bruch, Susan Bass, and Sarah King, Editors
Date Released: 
December 2003
African Perspectives on Genetic Resources: A Handbook on Laws, Policies, and Ins

Researchers developing innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems - disease, hunger, and poverty - rely on access to genetic resources. Regulating the conservation, use, and exchange of these resources - who has access to them under what circumstances, who has the right to benefits accrued through their use, how they are conserved - is a complicated process, and many nations lack adequate laws and policies. This book examines how 12 African nations are meeting this challenge and provides a resource for nations to develop a common policy framework.

African Perspectives on Access to Genetic Resources: A Handbook on Laws Policies, and Institutions examines laws, policies, and institutions affecting access to genetic resources in 12 African countries: Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, The Seychelles, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia.

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