Hoodia Plant: Leveraging Economic Growth Through Benefit Sharing


This study focuses on the debate and subsequent partnership between the San people who lived in South Africa and pharmaceutical companies over the rights to use the Hoodia plants and the benefit sharing from the utilization. The Hoodia plant was used for centuries by the San people to avoid hunger and to supply energy for a long trip. Based on this traditional knowledge, an appetite suppressant and anti-obesity drug has been developed by pharmaceutical companies. The detail about the case study can be obtained from the following links:

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