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THE FARMERS' RIGHTS PROJECT:

Farmers' Rights in Peru

This case study provides an overview of the state of Farmers' Rights in Peru and of the perceptions of central stakeholders in this regard. As a centre of origin and diversity of important food crops and a country where traditional farming practices coexist with modern and intensive farming, the study offers an analysis of the various and complex issues and problems which arise with regard to understanding and, especially, implementing these rights at the national level. Various perceptions and limited awareness about the implications of Farmers' Rights pose an additional challenge. However, Peru has made some progress, particularly in the area of public policies and laws oriented towards the protection of traditional knowledge and seeking to ensure the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. Most concerns at present focus on the impacts that a seed certification system and new plant breeders' rights may have on traditional saving and use of seeds and propagating material by small scale farmers and native communities. Farmers' Rights appear to be an important tool for small scale farmers and native communities to ensure the legitimacy of the traditional practices of saving, reusing and exchanging seeds.

Reference: Manuel Ruiz Muller (2006): The Farmers' Rights Project - Background Study 3: Farmers' Rights in Peru – A Case Study. FNI Report 5/2006 (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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