Kenya: A Hyperglobalised Seed Law

  • Clare O’Grady WalsheEmail author
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter presents a case study of the preparation and passage of Kenya’s Seed and Plant Varieties (Amendment) Act in 2012. It begins by identifying the main differences between the previous laws that governed seed sovereignty in Kenya and the provisions of the new law. It then describes in detail the process by which the 2012 law was passed. It ends with a detailed analysis of the main actors involved in the decision-making process and their motivations. It reveals that the 2012 Kenyan seed law is consistent with a hyperglobalist interpretation of seed sovereignty. Kenya ceded proprietorial rights over seed to international corporate and commercial interests.


Kenya Seed law Seed sovereignty Hyperglobalism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law and GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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