| THE CONTENTS OF FARMERS'
Approaches to farmers'
customary use of propagating material
Farmers' customary use
of propagating material, their right to save, use, exchange and sell farm-saved
seed and propagating material, could likewise be handled variously. Under the
stewardship approach, it is vital to uphold the legal space for farmers to
save, use, exchange and sell farm-saved seed and propagating material. Many
regulations are currently reducing this space, thereby threatening farmers'
possibilities to maintain and breed plant genetic resources, as well as their
livelihoods (see 'barriers to Farmers'
Rights'). In terms of an ownership approach, the most important goal is to
introduce farmers' intellectual property rights to varieties in their fields on
an equal footing with breeders' rights. Arguments related to this objective
have been discussed above. India's Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers'
Rights Act of 2001 represents a noteworthy approach that seeks to combine these
two sets of objectives.
OF FARMERS' RIGHTS
approaches to Farmers' Rights
Approaches to protecting farmers' traditional
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
common ground of understanding
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