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October 30th, 2015 / SciDevNet

thumb.aspxPolicies that secure intellectual property rights (IPRs) for agricultural innovations often fail to encourage technology transfer to developing countries or increase crop yields, a study shows. IP protection can take legal form in patents or be ensured biologically, for example by making hybrids of existing crops difficult to copy or breed. IP is seen as important to get companies to roll out technologies and improved crop varieties among farmers, but the study found that the impact of IPRs on yields varies hugely between crops, making one-size-fits-all approaches to innovation difficult.
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