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FARMERS' RIGHTS IN ITPGRFA:

The Fourth Session of the Governing Body: proceedings on Farmers' Rights

Presentation of the 2010 Global Consultations by Dr. Kassahun Embaye, Ethiopia

Dr. Kassahun Embaye, ITPGRFA Focal Point for Ethiopia, and A/Director General of the Institute of Biodiversity Conservation in Ethiopia, presented the input paper about the 2010 Global Consultations on Farmers' Rights referred to by the Secretary (IT/GB-4/11/Circ1) in his speech to the Governing Body.

The background and context of the Global Consultations were presented, as well as the results of the e-mail based consultation process, highlights from the Consultation Conference, recommendations from the regional groups and joint recommendations. Among the recommendations was a suggestion for a procedure to improve farmers' participation in the work of the Governing Body and an ad hoc working group to develop voluntary guidelines for the implementation of Farmers' Rights at the national level.

Dr. Embaye closed by reiterating Ethiopia's commitment to the realization of Farmers' Rights, and his hope that the Fourth Session of the Governing Body would make substantial progress on this important agenda item, by providing guidance on effective implementation of Farmers' Rights at all levels. The speech is available here.


Read about the proceedings of the discussions on Farmers' Rights at the Fourth Session of the Governing Body:
   Introduction to the agenda item by the Secretary of the ITPGRFA
   Presentation of the 2010 Global Consultations by Dr. Kassahun Embaye, Ethiopia
   Statements in the plenary by Contracting Parties
   Statements in the plenary by organizations
   Informal and formal discussions leading to the final decisions

Relevant links and documents:
   Resolution 6/2011 on Farmers' Rights
   Resolution 7/2011 on sustainable use
   All documents for the Fourth Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGRFA
   IT/GB-4/11/16 - Implementation of Article 9, Farmers' Rights
   IT/GB-4/11/Inf.6 - Compilation of views and experiences on the Implementation of Farmer's Rights submitted by Contracting Parties and relevant organizations
   IT/GB-4/11/Circ.1 - Input paper from the Global Consultations (English)
   IT/GB-4/11/Circ.1 - Input Paper from the Global Consultations (Spanish)
   IT/GB-4/11/Circ.1 - Input Paper from the Global Consultations (French)
   Speech to the Governing Body by Dr. Kassahun Embaye, Ethiopia
   Report from the 2010 Global Consultations
   Report from phase one of the 2010 Global Consultations


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 on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant 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 May 2011