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THE FARMERS' RIGHTS PROJECT:

A side-event presenting preliminary findings from the Farmers' Rights project

Preliminary results from the Farmers' Rights Project were presented at a side event during the First Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty in Madrid 12-16 June 2006.

The presentation was made by Regine Andersen, Director of the Farmers' Rights Project. It was followed by an introduction on what Farmers' Rights mean in practice by Wilhelmina R. Pelegrina, Executive Director of Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE). Annette von Lossau from the German GTZ made a short statement on the importance of development co-operation for the realisation of Farmers' Rights. A panel discussion with leading experts on Farmers' Rights followed. Contributors were Prof. Carlos Correa from Argentina, Dr. S. Bala Ravi from India, Dr. Lim Eng Siang from Malaysia, Wilhelmina R. Pelegrina from the Philippines and Regine Andersen from Norway. The side event was chaired by Grethe Evjen from the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

The event, which took place on 13 June, was organized in cooperation between the Fridtjof Nansen Institute and the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food. It was attended by 60 participants and was very well received.

Following the side event, Norway proposed in the Governing Body that Farmers' Rights be included in the programme of work, and requested the Secretariat to prepare for the consideration of this issue at the Second Session of the Governing Body. The proposal was supported by Angola on behalf of the Africa Region, Cuba, India, Pakistan and Yemen and was adopted with the condition that financial contributions for the activities are provided.

> Read invitation to the side event (PDF)
> Read summary of Phase 1 findings, presented at the side event (PDF)



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
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  Who we are


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