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THE HISTORY OF FARMERS' RIGHTS IN THE FAO:

Breakthrough of the negotiations

Farmers' Rights was among the most contested issues during the negotiations towards the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The controversies were deep and a breakthrough seemed unlikely when negotiators from the North in 1999 decided to meet some of the demands from the South - resulting the long awaited breakthrough.

The heated debates on Farmers' Rights continued during and after the Leipzig Conference. The breakthrough of the negotiations with regard to Farmers' Rights came at the Eight Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, where the text on Farmers' Rights for the new international agreement was approved. Farmers' Rights had been one of the most contested issues during the negotiations, with highly divergent positions, and the breakthrough on this point marked significant progress in the negotiations towards the new International Treaty in Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in 2001. For a detailed account and analysis of the negotiation process, see Svanhild-Isabelle Batta Bjørnstad (2004): Breakthrough for 'the South'? An Analysis of the Recognition of Farmers' Rights in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, FNI Report 13/2004 (Lysaker, Norway: The Fridtjof Nansen Institute).



Pages in this sub-section:
   THE HISTORY OF FARMERS' RIGHTS IN THE FAO
   The history of Farmers' Rights in overview
   First use of Farmers' Rights
   Origin of the concept in FAO
   FR in the Keystone Dialogues
   Conference Resolutions on FR
   CBD and Agenda 21 on FR
   Global Plan of Action
   Breakthrough of the negotiations
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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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