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THE FARMERS' RIGHTS PROJECT:

An International Stakeholder Survey on Farmers' Rights

The international stakeholder survey on Farmers' Rights provides an overview over the state of implementation of Farmers' Rights under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and the options available as seen from the view of stakeholders. It is based on questionnaires from 31 countries from all parts of the world, covering a wide range of stakeholders.

The survey shows that, despite the huge challenges ahead, efforts are already underway with regard to all issues addressed in the context of Farmers' Rights in the International Treaty. These findings indicate an already existing scope for sharing experiences, and for deriving models for the implementation of Farmers' Rights under different country specific conditions. The survey highlights the most important barriers to the realization of Farmers' Rights, as perceived by the respondents, and pinpoints at the same time options to overcome them. One of the barriers is the diffuse understanding of the concept of Farmers' Rights. The survey compiles different interpretations and develops a common ground for the understanding and communication of Farmers' Rights. It further identifies institutions and experts working for the realization of these rights, and indicates the potentials for pooling resources towards this goal. The survey suggests a potential path for the Governing Body to promote the realization of Farmers' Rights while respecting the freedom of countries to choose ways and means according to their needs and priorities, based on the questionnaires.

Reference: Regine Andersen (2005): The Farmers' Rights Project - Background Study 2: Results from an International Stakeholder Survey on Farmers' Rights, FNI-report 9/2005 (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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  Who we are


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