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HOW TO REALIZE FARMERS' RIGHTS AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL:

Creating awareness sector wise

Creating awareness sector wise can be done by inviting representatives from the various relevant organizations and institutions within each of the sectors pertaining to Farmers' Rights to sector wise workshops and/or seminars. This can be done at the national and/or regional level, depending on the size of the country and available resources.

This is a list of sectors which are relevant:
    Farmers' organizations
   Food and agriculture authorities (parliamentary committees, ministries and related agencies vested with the management of crop genetic resources, including intellectual property rights)
   NGOs
   Research institutions and extension services involved agriculture and crop genetic resources
   Seed industry

Seminars and/or workshops can be designed mainly with lectures, information sharing, in more interactive ways, or as a combination of these methods. Probably the effect is higher, the more the participants are involved in the seminars/workshops. Also, the effect is probably higher, if there are more than one seminar or workshop for each of the sectors, so that reflections on the topic can mature and the understanding be deepened.

You can read more about the contents relevant for such workshops and/or seminars here and about inspiring success stories illustrating Farmers' Rights here. Where to put the emphasis depends on the level of knowledge and awareness in the respective sectors. Central questions to rise in a workshop or seminar based on, and guided by, these contents can be:
    What contents of Farmers' Rights are important in our country?
   Why are Farmers' Rights important in our country?
   What is the role of our sector in protecting and promoting Farmers' Rights?
   What can the institutions in our sector do to ensure that this role is fulfilled?

Advantages:
    This approach is useful to create awareness across the institutions in each sector and thus to clarify how the sector as such may contribute to the realization of Farmers' Rights.
    It is a useful approach to improve the potentials for collaboration within the sectors in this regard.
    The approach is instrumental in helping sectors such as farmers' organizations to develop joint perceptions and voice their needs and priorities in subsequent national consultation processes on Farmers' Rights. As such it might be an important precondition for the participation of farmers in the implementation of Farmers' Rights in the country.

Disadvantages
    The number of participants from each institution will be lower than by an institution wise approach. To counterbalance this situation to some extent, the participants can be encouraged to disseminate the contents of the seminar/workshop in their respective institutions.
    This approach can be demanding because it involves several workshops and seminars.
    The approach does not contribute to broadening the perspectives across sectors.



Pages in this sub-section:
    STEP 1: CREATING AND ENHANCING AWARENESS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF FARMERS' RIGHTS
   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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