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FARMERS' RIGHTS IN ITPGRFA:

On the International Treaty

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) was adopted at the Thirty-first Session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome 3 November 2001. It entered into force 29 June 2004, and is the first legally binding agreement exclusively pertaining to the management of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Its objectives are the conservation and sustainable use of these resources, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from their use – in harmony with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – for sustainable agriculture and food security. The most important benefit is that of access to these vital resources for food and agriculture. The core of the International Treaty is a Multilateral System of Access and Benefit Sharing concerning 35 food crops and 29 forage plants that are under the management and control of the Contracting Parties and in the public domain.



Pages in this sub-section:
   FARMERS' RIGHTS IN ITPGRFA
   On the International Treaty
   Central provisions on Farmers' Rights
   Follow-up in the Governing Body of the Treaty
   The Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the International Treaty
   Little progress on sustainable use at the Third Session of the Plant Treaty
   Global Consultations on Farmers' Rights
   The Fourth Session of the Governing Body
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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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Page last updated 31 January 2011