Tell the president of Ghana NANA AKUFO ADDO to not sign the plant breeders bill!!

Tell the president of Ghana NANA AKUFO ADDO to not sign the plant breeders bill!!

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Raswad Nkrabea started this petition to Nana Akufo Addo

*A Call to Action*
On the 4th of November 2020, the parliament of Ghana passed the 'Plant Variety Protection Bill. Civil society is highly displeased with the lack of consultation and the lack of transparency around the whole bill. The President has until the 25th of November to sign this bill into a law but the greatest pressure must be mounted by all Ghanaians to stop the signing into law of this Obnoxious bill.

Food Sovereignty Ghana has been at the forefront of this struggle since 2013 with the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG), the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD) the Catholic Bishop's Conference Secretariat, the Ghana Muslim Mission, the General Agricultural Workers Union of the Trades Union Congress (GAWU), the Vegetarian Association of Ghana, the Vibrant Vegan Society of Ghana (VEGSOG), the Rastafari Council of Ghana and other progressive organisations.

We are calling on all progressive individuals and organisations to join in the advocacy to prevent the President of Ghana from signing this bill into a law.

The government has given no justified reason why Ghana does not seek to build a sui generis system of plant protection as stipulated by the World Trade Organisation agreement and instead has opted for the highly inflexible UPOV 91. The bill is highly insensitive to Farmers rights and rather protects the interest of large commercial Breeders. The criminalisation of farmers under clause 58 goes contrary to the spirit of the Nagoya Protocol which obligates Ghana to protect the rights of Farmers to exchange, save and sell seeds. Without a benefit sharing scheme in place, there is no compensation for commuinities who developed these seeds over centuries. The fact that under the bill there is no obligation by a plant breeder to disclose the source of germ plasm used in the development of the seed, this will encourage biopiracy of Ghana's biodiversity.

The President must in the spirit of transparency and good governance allow for a truly open stakeholder engagement and consultation to ensure that the serious concerns of a great constituency of Ghanaian citizens as represented by the stakeholders mentioned above may be considered in arriving at a plant variety protection regime that is good for Ghana's farmers as well as plant breeders be they local or foreign.

We believe the President will act in the best interest of millions of Ghana's farmers and their dependent households and call for further consultation.

*Line of Actions*
1. Massive Social Media Campaigns.
2. An online petition.
3. Press Conferences.
4. Protest across major Cities.

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