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FARMERS' RIGHTS IN ITPGRFA:

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

Statements in the plenary by organizations

The Via Campesina presented a statement, which can be viewed here, recommending the Governing Body to convene regional workshops with the active participation of farmers and to develop voluntary guidelines for the realization of Farmers' Rights.

A coalition of civil society organizations present at GB4 presented a statement, which can be viewed here, recommending the Governing Body to develop guidelines on the implementation of Articles 9 and 6; to develop country reports to be reviewed by the Governing Body; to develop periodic state of the world's farmers reports; to improve farmers' participation in the work of the Governing Body, using the FAO Committee on World Food Security as a template; and to develop a funding window for in situ conservation.

UPOV presented a statement in which the membership situation of the organization and its relation with the ITPGRFA was highlighted. It stressed the fundamental importance of plant breeding to the conservation and sustainable use of crop genetic resources and that under UPOV, crop varieties can be freely used for further breeding and explaining the UPOV 'farmers' privilege'. The mutual supportiveness of the UPOV and the ITPGRFA was emphasized.

Finally, the International Seed Federation (ISF) made a statement, supporting benefit sharing that respects intellectual property rights. See also the IFS statement on Farmers' Rights.

The Chair of the Governing Body, Mrs Cosima Huffler, summarized the discussion and proposed that an informal working group should meet the same evening under the leadership of Malaysia, to develop a draft resolution text based on the input from the plenary. This was agreed on by the plenary.


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