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THE FARMERS' RIGHTS PROJECT:

Report on Success Stories from the Realization of Farmers' Rights

This is a collection of 17 inspiring stories illustrating the achievements already made in implementing all of the measures suggested in the International Treaty. The report also has an introductory part defining success stories in the context of Farmers' Rights, which is a contribution to understanding the contents of these rights, based on the research at the FNI.

Despite huge challenges ahead in implementing Farmers’ Rights as they are addressed in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, there are many examples of projects, legislation and policies which contribute to their realization. A success story is defined here as a project or activity that has resultet in substantial achievements with regard to one or more of the suggestions for the realization of Farmers’ Rights addressed in the International Treaty. The chosen examples are not necessarily perfect; the main criterion is that significant achievements have been made and that they can provide inspiration for others.

The success stories are sorted into four categories of achievements: The realization of Farmers’ Rights to save, use, exchange and sell farm-saved seed; protection of traditional knowledge related to agricultural biodiversity; participation in benefit sharing and in decision-making. Within each of these categories a handful of stories are offered, 17 stories altogether, from 11 countries.

The success stories in this report tell about achievements in different areas related to Farmers’ Rights, but common features may be discerned. Farmer-scientist collaboration, capacity buliding, community based approaches and participatory approaches are all elements that have proved to be central. Different approaches to develop better legislation and incentive structures for Farmers’ Rights are also important.

The findings in this report suggest that NGOs and farmers organizations play an important role, and that networking can be very valuable. Last, but not least, this report notes the link between Farmers’ Rights and development, and the importance of protecting these rights in order to ensure that what is left of agricultural biodiversity can be maintained, and to ensure the livelihoods of farmers throughout the world.

Reference: Regine Andersen and Tone Winge (2008): The Farmers' Rights Project – Background Study 7: Success Stories from the Realization of Farmers' Rights Related to Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. FNI Report 4/2008 (Lysaker, Norway: The Fridtjof Nansen Institute). Download >

Much of the report's content is also available in the Best Practices section.



Pages in this sub-section:
    THE SECOND PHASE OF THE FARMERS' RIGHTS PROJECT
   The Lusaka informal international consultation process on Farmers' Rights
   Side Event on Farmers' Rights at the Second Session of the Governing Body
   Website on Farmers' Rights
   Report on Success Stories from the Realization of Farmers' Rights
   Side event on Farmers' Rights at the Conference of the Parties to the CBD
   Book on Success Stories from the Realization of Farmers' Rights
   Research project on civil society strategies for the implementation of Farmers' Rights
   Side Event on Farmers' Rights at the Third Session of the Governing Body
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  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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Page last updated 26 May 2009