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HOW TO REALIZE FARMERS' RIGHTS AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL:

Step 1: Creating and enhancing awareness on the importance of Farmers' Rights

The awareness of Farmers' Rights and their importance for food security and poverty eradication is marginal in most countries. An international stakeholder survey in 2005 revealed that there is low awareness on Farmers' Rights among farmers as well as authorities in charge of management of crop genetic resources in many countries. Thus, it is wise to start the process of implementing Farmers' Rights by creating or enhancing awareness on the importance of these rights, on their contents and background.

Creating and enhancing awareness can be done in many different ways. Some of these are presented here. Advantages and disadvantages of the different options are highlighted in order to help selecting the best combination of measures.

   Creating awareness in central organizations and institutions
   Creating awareness sector wise
   Creating awareness across sectors
   Creating awareness through the media
   Creating awareness through other means
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  HOW TO REALIZE FARMERS' RIGHTS AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL
  Step 1: Creating awareness on the importance of Farmers' Rights
  Step 2: Ensuring farmers' participation in the implementation process
  Step 3: Developing a national consultative process, joining forces, pooling resources
  Step 4: Establishing an institutional framework for implementation
  Step 5: Protecting and enhancing legal space for farmers' customary practices
  Step 6: Protecting traditional knowledge relevant to crop genetic resources
  Step 7: Promoting the right to equitably participate in benefit sharing
  Step 8: Enabling participation in decision making on genetic resources

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