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Protecting traditional health knowledge in Kenya: the role of customary laws and practices
There is a new policy framework on traditional medicine and medicinal plants in Kenya, and medicinal plants represent a sector with an established economic value, and related practices constitute part of a living culture among the Kenyan population. However, traditional health knowledge and healthcare is now facing significant threats. Given the lack of existing legal protection for the intellectual rights of traditional healers in Kenya,this study addressed the urgent need to develop a sui generis system for protecting the rights of communities over TK and related biological resources (BRs).
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The current system of intellectual property rights is designed to promote commercial and scientific innovation. It offers little scope for protecting the knowledge rights of indigenous peoples, traditional farmers and healers, whose survival requires collective – not exclusive – access to new knowledge and innovations.
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Protecting community rights over traditional knowledge