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WHY FARMERS' RIGHTS MATTER:

The poverty eradication argument

Farmers' Rights are also a central means for poverty eradication in the South. Today, 75 % of the world's 1.2 billion poorest people live in rural areas and depend largely on traditional agriculture. For these farmers, access to commercial varieties and the required production input such as fertilizers and pesticides are mostly unaffordable. They depend on diversity of cultivated plants to maintain the yields and quality, adapting their food production to often marginal environments and difficult conditions. Diversity between and among crops is a means of spreading the risk of crop failure due to pests and diseases or adverse climatic conditions like drought. Thus, enabling farmers to maintain and develop this diversity, and recognizing and rewarding them for their contribution to the global genetic pool – Farmers' Rights – are central preconditions for achieving UN Millennium Development Goal 1 on the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.



Pages in this sub-section:
   WHY FARMERS' RIGHTS MATTER
   The agricultural biodiversity argument
   The poverty eradication argument
   Farmers' realities as context
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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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