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THE CONTENTS OF FARMERS' RIGHTS:

Approaches to ensuring farmers' participation in decision-making

Participation in relevant decision-making would be important for different reasons under the two approaches. Under the stewardship approach, the most important objectives would be to ensure legal space for farmers to continue as custodians and innovators of plant genetic resources, and to establish reward mechanisms for farmers' contributions to the global genetic pool. Under the ownership approach, the goals would be to ensure appropriate legislation on access and benefit sharing, and to safeguard farmers' intellectual property rights to genetic resources in their fields and related knowledge. Obviously, these two sets of objectives could be conflicting.



Pages in this sub-section:
   THE CONTENTS OF FARMERS' RIGHTS
   Two approaches to Farmers' Rights
   Approaches to protecting farmers' traditional knowledge
   Approaches to ensuring equitable benefit sharing
   Approaches to ensuring farmers' participation in decision-making
   Approaches to farmers' customary use of propagating material
   Conditions for the combination of approaches
   Towards a common ground of understanding
   What this may mean in practice
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 In this section:
  ABOUT FARMERS' RIGHTS
  Farmers' Rights in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
  Why Farmers' Rights matter
  The contents of Farmers' Rights
  History of Farmers' Rights in the FAO
  Farmers' Rights in the literature
  Civil Society Organizations' approaches to Farmers' Rights

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