27 Nov IP and Rural Development
While indigenous knowledge in Africa is associated with the continent’s cultural and ecological diversities, a lot of African people have not utilized the opportunities therein to solve specific developmental and environmental problems. Working in the value chains of their produce, and in most cases using indigenous knowledge, African women have challenges to protect their intellectual property. African women, especially smallholder farmers in the rural areas of most countries constitute 80 % of the agricultural production. Universities in the continent need to undertake the important task of changing the mindset of people in-order to achieve the rural development embodied within the indigenous knowledge systems. How does Africa celebrate its intellectual property?