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ROLE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN AGRICULTURE IN ENSURING FOOD SECURITY: AN INDIAN PERSPECTIVE

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  • Indian Law Institute
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ROLE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN AGRICULTURE IN ENSURING FOOD SECURITY: AN INDIAN PERSPECTIVE

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Abstract

Achievement of food security implies producing sufficient food and making it accessible to all individuals throughout the year and on a sustainable basis from year to year. Food security thus connotes freedom from hunger and malnutrition. Increasing the agricultural production is critical for achieving food security, since close to 99% of food consumed is supplied by it. It is believed that an effective use of research and IPR can help drive delivery of innovative and productivity-increasing technologies crucial to agricultural and economic growth and achieving future needs for food security. For India, ensuring food has been an imperative policy discourse since independence. The chapter attempts to present debates around food security in general, and linkages between agricultural biotechnology, intellectual property rights and its implications to food security. The chapter also examines the prospect of India as a developing country to boost its current intellectual property (IP) policy framework and legislation in order to develop its agricultural technology and how devising stable and unambiguous policies and guidelines will facilitate smooth working between private and public sector.

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