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FARMERS' RIGHTS IN ITPGRFA:

New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty: Task 2

Task 2: Contracting Parties and organizations to submit views and experiences

In the resolution, the Governing Body "encourages Contracting Parties and other relevant organizations to continue 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 background of this provision dates back to the Second Session of the Governing Body. Here the Governing Body called for submissions on views and experiences as a basis of an agenda item at the Third Session. Such submissions are considered important to promote the exchange of experiences and the development of a joint understanding of what it takes to implement Article 9 of the International Treaty. As the provisions of this article are rather vague, developing their implementation from views and experiences is vital. However, only a few countries and organizations did submit their views and experiences (see links to the submission below).

Thus, it is necessary to continue to collect such views and experiences. Whereas the Contracting Parties are encouraged to submit such views and experiences, the Secretariat is requested to collect them (see Task 4), make them available on the internet and to prepare an agenda item for the Fourth Session of the Governing Body based on these submissions.

A central question in this regard is why so few countries and organizations submitted their views and experiences in the previous period. There are probably different reasons for this, including capacity and priorities. Nevertheless, one reason might be that the countries and organization find it difficult to know exactly what they should report on. Farmers' Rights are not defined in the Plant Treaty, and the provisions in Article 9 are difficult to operationalize. Thus, it seems that a form is required which can guide the reporting on views and experiences. At the Farmers' Rights Project, we consider developing such a form (subject to the availability of financial resources), based on our research on the operationalization of Article 9. Such a form would be offered as an informal guidance for Contracting Parties and organizations in responding to this provision of the resolution (see www.farmersrights.org for announcement).

In any case, Contracting Parties and other relevant organizations that have not already submitted their views and experiences should do so in due time before the next session of the Governing Body. Contracting Parties and other relevant organizations that have already submitted, and have gained new views and experiences may also submit their contributions to the Secretariat. The Farmers' Rights Project considers making available on this website a form based on our research on the operationalization of Farmers' Rights as informal guidance to contracting parties and other relevant organizations on what to report.

Relevant links and documents:
   Collection of views and experiences submitted by Contracting Parties and other relevant organizations on the implementation of Article 9
   Information paper on Farmers' Rights submitted by the FNI
   Results of an Online conference on 'Options for Farmers' Rights'


Pages in this sub-section:
   FARMERS' RIGHTS IN ITPGRFA
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty: Task 1
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty: Task 2
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty: Task 3
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty: Task 4
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty: Task 5
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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 2 July 2009