Plant Variety Protection Toolbox 2020

News publication date: 26 February 2020

Over the past four years, numerous projects were implemented aimed at raising awareness of the importance of plant variety protection or improving Plant Breeders' Rights research. These projects are funded by the Plant Variety Protection Toolbox. The Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) will also make € 230,000 available for the Toolbox projects in 2020.

Toolbox project

The main demand for the Toolbox projects is from Agricultural Councils. The Toolbox was evaluated in 2019. The evaluation reveals that these activities are valued in the countries concerned and are perceived as useful and efficient.

We will continue the activities of the PVP Toolbox in 2020

A summary of the activities expected in 2020 follows.

  • Ethiopia; start cooperation between the Netherlands and Ethiopia on Plant Breeders' Rights
  • Japan; a visit to the Netherlands regarding exchanging infringement procedures
  • Egypt; a visit by various stakeholders to the Netherlands to obtain knowledge on the possible impact of Plant Breeder's' Rights. A seminar in Egypt to discuss the implementation of Plant Breeders' Rights
  • Tanzania; symposium in Tanzania/Zanzibar and support for administration
  • India; DUS training for ornamental crops (roses)
  • Mexico; Plant Breeders' Rights course in Mexico (UPOV 91) and a seminar on EDV
  • Malaysia; Participant in PBR training course in Wageningen
  • Kazakhstan; Plant Breeders' Rights course in Kazakhstan and seminar on the benefits of UPOV membership
  • Rwanda; participant in PVP course in Wageningen and training in administration in Roelofarendsveen
  • Uganda; seminar on implementing Plant Breeders' Rights at a political level in Uganda
  • UPOV; support for PRISMA; electronic registration
  • Mongolia; participant in PVP course in Wageningen; support for World Seed Partnership meeting in Mongolia
  • Africa; “High level study tour" in Kenya as an example for other African countries
  • Jordan; participant in PVP course in Wageningen; 1 week of training in DUS vegetable crops in Roelofarendsveen
  • Plantum/Oxfam; project “Options to interpret the notion of private and non-commercial use as included in Article 15.1.I of the UPOV 1991 Convention"

Every year there are a few activities that cannot be organised. We will look at these in the summer and see whether alternative activities can be held.

International Plant Breeders' Rights activities in addition to the PVP toolbox

  • Myanmar; around seven support activities (Netherlands Enterprise Agency funding)
  • Tanzania; improving the registration of new potato varieties (Netherlands Enterprise Agency funding)
  • Nigeria; activities to support establishing a Plant Breeders' Rights system (funding not yet finalised; Netherlands Enterprise Agency/WUR)
  • OAPI; supporting activities to promote Plant Breeders' Rights and improve research in 17 French-speaking countries in Africa (EU/OAPI funding)
  • IPKey; Intellectual Property Key projects. Training is also expected to be organised in South East Asia whereby Naktuinbouw could play a role (EU funding)

Do you have questions about the Toolbox projects?

Raoul Haegens and Laura Piñán González are responsible for implementing the projects assigned funding by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) in the framework of the Plant Variety Protection Toolbox (PVP). If you have any questions or would like to be involved in a project, please contact Laura or Raoul