Saturday, June 25, 2022
Overview of Nigeria’s Plant Variety Protection Act 2021 and the Impact of Section 43(2) on Plant Breeders
Ifeanyi E. Okonkwo (University of Cape Town), Blessing Udo (affiliation not provided to SSRN), Kayode Ikumelo (University of Ibadan), Overview of Nigeria’s Plant Variety Protection Act 2021 and the Impact of Section 43(2) on Plant Breeders, SSRN (2021):
In May 2021, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari finally assented to the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act 2021, to promote increased staple crop productivity for smallholder farmers in Nigeria and encourage investment in plant breeding and crop variety as well as protect new varieties of plants. This article analyses the pace of agricultural development in Nigeria before the enactment of the PVP Act in comparison with other African countries. This article also highlights the essential provisions and criticism of the Act and its prospects in enhancing innovation in the agricultural sector, attracting foreign direct investments, and contributing to Nigeria’s economic growth.