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THE FARMERS' RIGHTS PROJECT:

The History of Farmers' Rights, a Guide to Central Documents and Literature

This document and literature survey provides an overview over the history of negotiations pertaining to Farmers' Rights; the state of knowledge with regard to the concept of Farmers' Rights as of 2005; and lessons from initial efforts at realizing Farmers' Rights. The report is designed as a guide for negotiators, practitioners and researchers wishing to understand the concept and the potentials of Farmers' Rights.

The documents surveyed represent the fruits of long and complex negotiations, and provide an important context for the realization of Farmers' Rights. How to reward farmers for their past, present and future contributions to conserving, improving and making available crop genetic resources for food and agriculture has been a central topic in the negotiations. An international fund for supporting and assisting farmers in this has long been on the agenda. Discussions have also focused on how Farmers' Rights can balance breeders' rights, so as to ensure an equitable system that can facilitate farmers' continued access to - and free use of - crop genetic resources.

The substantial and increasing body of literature on Farmers' Rights provides a valuable source of insights in the potentials for, and possible difficulties in, realizing Farmers' Rights. Although authors differ in their points of departure, emphases and perspectives, their contributions are largely compatible. The literature provides important points of departure for understanding the subject matter of farmers' rights, types of rights, rights holders, and appropriate measures for protecting and promoting these rights. It also draws lessons from initial efforts at realizing these rights, and warns against certain tendencies which might prove counterproductive.

Reference: Regine Andersen (2005): The Farmers' Rights Project - Background Study 1: The History of Farmers' Rights: A Guide to Central Documents and Literature, FNI-Report 8/2005 (Lysaker, Norway: The Fridtjof Nansen Institute). Download >



Pages in this sub-section:
    THE FIRST PHASE OF THE FARMERS' RIGHTS PROJECT
   The History of Farmers' Rights, a Guide to Central Documents and Literature
   An International Stakeholder Survey on Farmers' Rights
   Case studies on Farmers' Rights
   Farmers' Rights in Peru
   Farmers' Rights in India
   Farmers' Rights in Ethiopia
   Farmers' Rights in Norway
   Results from the first phase of the Farmers' Rights Project as of 2006
   A side-event presenting preliminary findings from the Farmers' Rights project
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  THE FARMERS' RIGHTS PROJECT
  Why a project on Farmers' Rights?
  The first phase of the Farmers' Rights Project
  The second phase of the Farmers' Rights Project
  Products from the Farmers' Rights Project
  Partners and funding
  Who we are


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