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HOW TO REALIZE FARMERS' RIGHTS AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL:

Participants for national consultative processes

A broad based consultative process should ensure participation from all central stakeholder groups, from all regions of the country, from different ethnic groups (if relevant), from men and women.

This is a list of stakeholders which could be considered:
   Farmers (read more about how to ensure farmers' participation here)
   Parliament, particularly parliamentary committees vested with agriculture
   Ministries of agriculture and relevant related agencies
   Other relevant ministries and government bodies, as appropriate
   Focal points for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
   Institutions involved in intellectual property rights (plant breeders' rights and patents)
   Institutions involved in seed certification
   Institutions involved in extension services to farmers
   Gene banks
   Relevant research institutions
   Relevant capacity building institutions, training centres, etc.
   Civil society organization (including also consumer groups)
   Seed industry and its associations

Whereas it is important to ensure that as many central decision makers as possible participate in the implementation process, it is crucial to have substantial representation of farmers' organizations, in addition to civil society organizations involved in topics related to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and Farmers' Rights in the country. Seed industry representation is recommended, as several potential measures for the realization of Farmers' Rights will affect the seed industry, and because new alliances for the realization of Farmers' Rights could open up for new potentials (see also 'Joining Forces').



Pages in this sub-section:
    STEP 3: DEVELOPING A NATIONAL CONSULTATIVE PROCESS, JOINING FORCES, POOLING RESOURCES
   Consultative process as dialogue – the foundation
   Participants for national consultative processes
   Design of national consultative processes
   Contents of national consultative processes
   Joining forces and pooling resources
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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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