| THE CONTENTS OF FARMERS'
Towards a common
ground of understanding
When discussing Farmers' Rights it
is useful to seek to establish a common ground of shared perceptions, a lowest
common denominator. Such a common understanding would enable advancing the
discussion on Farmers' Rights from the concept and to concrete measures to be
proposed. It could also provide a basis for widening the common understanding
on the contents of Farmers' Rights among stakeholders.
working definition would not be exhaustive, but cover the elements of an
understanding which are shared among most stakeholders. Based on the many
perceptions on the concept (compiled in by Regine Andersen through the
Farmers' Rights Project), the following
working definition may be seen as a lowest common
Farmers' Rights consist of the customary rights of
farmers to save, use, exchange and sell farm-saved seed and propagating
material, their rights to be recognized, rewarded and supported for their
contribution to the global pool of genetic resources as well as to the
development of commercial varieties of plants, and to participate in decision
making on issues related to crop genetic resources.
Such a 'minimum
definition' does not directly address the latent conflict between Farmers'
Rights and intellectual property rights. Rather, it seeks to establish a common
ground from which to address the crucial issue of Farmers' Rights, which is
necessary to develop a fruitful dialogue among stakeholders on necessary
measures to be taken also with regard to intellectual property
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CONTENTS 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
What this may mean in