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THE FARMERS' RIGHTS PROJECT:

Farmers' Rights in Norway

This report takes the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture as the point of departure and analyses achievements, gaps and needs with regard to its implementation in Norway, focusing on its provisions on Farmers' Rights. Allthough much of the crop genetic diversity has been lost in Norway, substantial efforts are being made to save what is left, and to ensure Farmers’ Rights. The plant variety and seed marketing regulations are among the barriers to this work, but the degree of success depends on how they will be implemented in the time to come. Traditional knowledge is disappearing despite efforts to stop this and a consolidated strategy for this purpose is lacking. Economic incentive structures are not yet in place, except for some ‘seed money’, and thus most of the work is based on pure idealism. Farmers invovled in crop genetic diversity could participate better in decision making if they were better organized. The hearing system is seriously challenged by the EEA-memebership, due to a high ‘turn-over’ of decisions to be implemented at the national level, lack of transparency, and since Norwegian opinions have little impact against decisions from the EU. To have a say in these matters, it is probably more useful to link up with European organizations working on the issue. Nevertheless, much has happened during the past few years which support the realization of Farmers’ Rights and enhances the crop genetic diversity available to farmers.

Reference: Regine Andersen (2011): Plantemangfold i jordbruket og bønders rettigheter i Norge ('Farmers' Rights in Norway - A Case Study'). FNI Report 11/2011 (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 second phase of the Farmers' Rights Project
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Webpage last updated 18 November 2011