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FARMERS' RIGHTS IN ITPGRFA:

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

Informal and formal discussions leading to the final decisions

An informal working group met on Wednesday evening and discussed elements of a resolution text based on a draft from the Philippines. Contracting parties, as well as relevant organizations, were invited to participate in the discussion on an informal basis. The group made progress, but the text remained bracketed.

On Thursday, the plenary decided to establish a formal Contact Group to seek finalization of the text. The Contact Group met that same evening and made progress, but some important brackets remained and the text was presented to the regional groups at the morning meeting on Friday.

The Chair of the Governing Body encouraged parties to consult informally during the day, in order to sort out outstanding issues prior to the final discussion in the plenary. Several delegations followed this invitation and extensive consultations took place. Subsequently, the draft was presented to the plenary, amended without lengthy discussions, and adopted Friday evening. This consensus also implied additions to the resolution text on the implementation of Article 6 on sustainable use, placing issues regarding the realization of Farmers' Rights under the mandate of the ad hoc working group on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. The results are presented 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

Photo: G. Ulutuncok

Page last updated 31 May 2011