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Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)
Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)

Africa Rice Center’s Policy on Intellectual Property Rights


Whereas the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) offers its research outputs to the public and recognizes the importance of ensuring the access of breeding materials, in order to fulfill its mission, “To contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa, through research, development and partnership activities aimed at increasing the productivity of the rice sector in ways that ensure the sustainability of the farming environment”;

Whereas AfricaRice recognizes the indispensable role of farmers and scientists in developing countries in breeding and conserving the valuable genetic resources;

Whereas the rice germplasm in the genebank at AfricaRice, M’bé in Côte d’Ivoire has been assembled over several decades through collaborative collecting missions between national programs in Africa and AfricaRice or through donation of these materials by national programs and individual farmers and scientists for safety duplicate storage;

Whereas AfricaRice holds this germplasm in trust with its members, in accordance with its responsibility to conserve, maintain and distribute for the benefit of agricultural research for the world community:

Whereas AfricaRice wishes to bring to the developing nations and particularly to low income rice farmers in Africa the benefits of the most advanced biological technologies;

Whereas the private sector/Profit oriented sector is becoming increasingly important in the development and dissemination of advanced biological technologies;

Whereas AfricaRice is a major contributor to a variety of other forms of technology development, like field equipment, and software;

Whereas many of these technologies can be subject to various forms of intellectual property protection; and

Whereas AfricaRice believes that its research should be supported by donors that support public access and it should not look to any of its products or genetic materials as a source of financial income;

AfricaRice now adopts the following principles governing its genetic resources, its innovations and its cooperation with other research institutions.


  1. AfricaRice will continue to make genetic resources that it holds in trust freely accessible, in accordance with the spirit of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Agreement between AfricaRice and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) regarding AfricaRice germplasm collection, and other agreements it has entered into in good faith to fulfill it’s mission.

  2. All breeding materials, elite germplasm and parental lines of hybrid rice that are derived by conventional breeding techniques, will be accessible under conditions consistent with agreements AfricaRice has signed. In most cases this will mean that the material will be readily available under the terms of a Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) that will accompany the transfer.

  3. AfricaRice will strive to make all products accessible to the public and will take appropriate steps to transfer research products and information in the most effective manner.

  4. AfricaRice encourages the use of its publications, databases and softwares. Proper attribution is requested.

  5. Registration of the AfricaRice name and Logo as trademarks ensures exclusive rights for the use thereof.

  6. Registration of AfricaRice outputs shall be undertaken in order to obtain exclusive rights for the use thereof.

  7. To live up this Policy on Intellectual Property Rights and commitments it may make in pursuance of the Policy, AfricaRice will devise, maintain and monitor employee policies or agreements to govern its relation with visitors and research collaborators (including visiting scientist, visiting fellows and trainees) from other institutions.

  8. For the purpose of ensuring that research outputs are accessible, AfricaRice will devise, maintain and monitor employee policies or agreements to govern its relation with visitors and research collaborators (including visiting scientists, visiting fellows and trainees) from other institutions.

  9. AfricaRice respects the IPR of others and will implement procedures that reflect this responsibility.

Original document approved during the 18th Meeting of the Board of Trustees held during the period of June 28-July 2, 1999 at M’bé, Côte d’Ivoire. Revised June 2005. Africa Rice Center, AfricaRice for short, is the new official name adopted in September 2009.

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Intellectual Property
Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)



AfricaRice is a CGIAR Research Center –
part of a global research partnership
for a food-secure future.
It is also an intergovernmental association of
African member countries.


AfricaRice Headquarters
01 BP 4029, Abidjan 01, Côte d'Ivoire
T: +225 22 48 09 10; F: +225 22 44 26 29

M’bé Research Station
01 B.P. 2551, Bouaké 01, Côte d'Ivoire
T: +225 22 48 09 20; F: +225 31 63 25 78

E: AfricaRice@cgiar.org


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