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FARMERS' RIGHTS IN ITPGRFA:

Follow-up in the Governing Body of the Treaty

Norway, with the support of a range of developing countries, proposed at the First Session of the Governing Body that Farmers' Rights be put on the Working Agenda of the Governing Body. Thus, the Governing Body has been discussing Farmers' Rights since its Second Session, which was held from 29 October to 2 November 2007.

Towards this end an informal international consultation was organized in Lusaka, Zambia, on September 2007. The consultation was co-hosted by Zambia Agricultural Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Norway, and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, and resulted in a report. Based on the findings, Zambia and Norway submitted an input paper on Farmers' Rights to the Governing Body of the ITPGRFA for consideration at its second session (see also information document from the Secretary). Following from this process, a resolution on Farmers' Rights (see also Press Release from the Fridtjof Nansen Institute) was adopted at the Second Session of the Governing Body in which:

   contracting Parties and other relevant organizations are encouraged to submit views and experiences on the implementation of Farmers' Rights as set out in Article 9 of the International Treaty, involving, as appropriate, farmers' organizations and other stakeholders.

   the Secretariat of the Governing Body is requested to collect these views and experiences as a basis for an agenda item for consideration by the Governing Body at its Third Session to promote the realization of Farmers' Rights at the national level.

   the commitment to continue to involve farmers' organizations in the work of the Governing Body - as appropriate and according to the Rules of Procedures - is affirmed.

This work was carried forth in the new resolution on Farmers' Rights that was adopted at the Third Session of the Governing Body and further developed in the following Sessions.

Read more:
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty



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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