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THE CONTENTS OF FARMERS' RIGHTS:

What this may mean in practice

Based on the working definition and the discussion in previous sections, we can derive three core challenges to realising Farmers' Rights, which are shared among most stakeholders:

   Upholding and developing legal space for farmers' customary practices related to agro-biodiversity (related to paragraph 9.3 of the International Treaty).

   Creating recognition, reward and support mechanisms for farmers' contributions to the global pool of genetic resources (related to paragraphs 9.2.a and b of the International Treaty).

   Enabling farmers' participation in relevant decision making processes (related to paragraph 9.2.c of the International Treaty).

Different stakeholders and countries may want add challenges to this list, and certainly there are many possibilities. The point here is that these are the challenges that are most widely shared among stakeholders and thus probably a good starting point. If these issues would be solved, we would have made great progress in the realization of Farmers' Rights. Read about how this can be done at 'How to realize Farmers' Rights'.



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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