Maasai Intellectual Property Initiative

Shea Butter IP Value Capture
Uganda and South Sudan

Light Years is assisting the women shea butter producers of Northern Uganda and South Sudan to capture a higher and more stable price for their distinctive product, through the use of innovative Intellectual Property strategies.

Distinctive Values in African Exports

Scoping Study Report

A new study explores the potential for producers of distinctive products in sub-Saharan Africa to employ IP business strategies to generate greater returns from exports to overseas markets.

IP Value Capture in the Caribbean

Caribbean Booklet

See our Caribbean booklet for products that are ready to return more income to the farmers, producers and artisans of the Caribbean.


African IP Trust

What's Your Coffee Worth?

Ethiopian Fine Coffee

Trademarking & Licensing Initiative

Ethiopian coffee producers have become owners of their intellectual property in a ground-breaking initiative that enables growers and sector workers to earn a greater share of the retail price of their fine coffees.