Monday 15 October 2012

Author(s): M Suchitra

Tragic potion

Tragic potion

Herbal drug stuck in IPR jam, tribal group biggest loser

How To Sell A Wonder Herb

There is arogyapacha. A rare herb with extraordinary medicinal properties. There is the Kani tribe of Kerala. It has preserved the herb and the knowledge about its use. Enter scientists and the state government. They try to sell the herb and share the benefits with the Kanis in the first experiment of its kind in the world. The project flounders. And how. MAX MARTIN analyses a failure snatched from the jaws of success.

How To Sell A Wonder Herb

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  • Indeed a very commendable

    Indeed a very commendable story about ABS pathways. Hopefully the learnings will be internalised particularly at the Patent desk in the DPIP located in New Delhi. Since the Arogyapacha has a distinct geographical flavour for the medicinal properties, GI registration should be attempted by the Kani Trust with the help of all well wishers. This is also a call to the minister concerned to be more pro-active in this respect as it is a sustaining and wide spread antyodaya proposition in comparison to the multi-brand retail trade tirade.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • These indigenous tribes who

    These indigenous tribes who live from day to day do not know the long term repercussions. Of course, knowledge must be harnessed and used for the common good but we all know how pharmaceutical companies have no social responsibility only profit as the motive. Combine this with insensitive and corrupt forces, and one has the perfect recipe for destruction of a way of life.
    Congrats to M Suchitra for bringing out the story. Sadly it will not garner much interest with the general public or the media who will prefer to write about Sameera Reddy's comeback..

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • It is wonderful way of

    It is wonderful way of reaching the people. It is well known as "TRANSFER OF LAN TO LAND". 3 As, known as Availability, Accessibility and Affordability, are essential in achieving SUSTAINABILITY with QUALITY. In spite of having the technologies, it is not properly transfered to the people at grassroots which has resulted for lower utility, production, productivity and quality.

    1. Tuning to the Land to Lab, the available technologies should be transfered to the targeted groups so they can be utilized effectively in terms of both TIME & COST.

    2. Another issue is to move from B2B (Business to Business) to B2P (Business to People) so that people at grassroots level will contribute for the development of the LAND and NATION.

    3. Move from TDA (Top Down Approach) to BUA (Bottom Up Approach) for both formulation & implementation with participation as it improves the reflection of REALITY.

    4. Balancing of TDA & BUP tuning to DIME (Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation) with Social Auditing is the need of the hour for resolving our CRISES.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • A very well written,

    A very well written, informative article.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
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