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FARMERS' RIGHTS IN ITPGRFA:

New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the Plant Treaty: Task 3

Task 3: Convening regional workshops on Farmers' Rights

In the resolution, the Governing Body "requests the Secretariat to convene regional workshops on Farmers' Rights, subject to the agreed priorities of the Programme of Work and Budget and to the availability of financial resources, aiming at discussing national experiences on the implementation of Farmers' Rights as set out Article 9 of the International Treaty, involving, as appropriate, farmers' organizations and other stakeholders".

As Farmers' Rights are included in the agreed priorities of the Programme of Work and Budget of the Governing Body, and the financial situation of the Secretariat is fragile, the crucial question is whether there will be financial resources for this task. Additional funds may be required to make regional consultation on Farmers' Rights a reality.

Regional workshops can provide important arenas for exchanging experiences, discussing key challenges with regard to Farmers' Rights, and to identifying promising ways to promote their further realization, among countries with more or less similar contexts and in some cases with joint legislative frameworks. Also potentials for regional collaboration in the implementation of Farmers' Rights might be discovered and developed through such workshops.

As set out in the fourth task, the reports from the regional workshops will be collected by the Secretariat and will, together with other input, provide basis for the discussions on Farmers' Rights at the Fourth Session of the Governing Body.

The multi-stakeholder workshop module on the implementation of Farmers' Rights that is currently being developed by the Farmers' Rights Project for use at the national level might provide useful input to the organization of the regional workshops (see information here)

To enable the implementation of this task, Contracting Parties and other stakeholders are advised to ensure that the Secretariat has the sufficient financial resources to convene such regional consultations. In light of its limited capacity, the Secretariat may also consider linking up with relevant institutions to carry out this task.



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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