| HOW TO REALIZE FARMERS' RIGHTS AT THE
Joining forces and
In most countries of the world
institutions and people involved in Farmers' Rights are few and resources
scarce. Thus, joining forces and pooling resources for the realization of
Farmers' Rights are vital. This means that all stakeholders are invited to join
forces and pool resources, including stakeholders that have traditionally not
been thought of as allies in terms of Farmers' Rights.
seed industry and offices involved in intellectual property rights have not
been thought of as potential partners in the work for Farmers' Rights.
Particularly in civil society and among farmers' organizations there might be
resistance against including them in a framework for the implementation of
Whether these actors are potential partners in each
country remains open, and is up to the initiators of the implementation process
in the respective countries and other involved parties to decide. However,
there are good reasons to consider the inclusion of these stakeholders
would probably be affected by measures you propose for the realization of
collaboration is probably vital for ensuring that such decisions are
collaboration may also be needed to ensure that these decisions are followed up
initial experiences with the inclusion of such actors, they have shown great
capability of understanding the importance of Farmers' Rights.
have positive effects for the development of intellectual property rights that
affect Farmers' Rights.
corporations might event want to support the implementation of Farmers' Rights
as a form of voluntary benefit sharing, as part of their strategy for corporate
An argument against the inclusion of such actors
in consultative processes might be that they are so much stronger in terms of
advocacy than farmers in most countries. Thus, farmers might find it even more
difficult to voice their needs and priorities, and to be heard. Such
consequences can, however, be avoided, by ensuring that the farmers in the
consultative processes have the possibilities to prepare through their
organizations and groups, and that they are offered adequate space and
attention during the process. Farmers' situations and needs should in any case
be at the core of the process.
An argument against the involvement of
seed corporations in the implementation of Farmers' Rights is that
implementation should be the responsibility of the state authorities, and thus
they should prioritize this with budgetary allocations. However, many
developing countries have not been able to allocate the required resources so
far, and there are few reasons to believe that they will in the near future.
Thus, insisting on this principle might hamper the implementation of Farmers'
Rights which is so urgent due to rapid negative developments.
argument against the involvement of seed corporations in the implementation of
Farmers' Rights is that they might co-opt the processes to pursue own
interests. In that case their involvement could conflict with the very
intentions of implementing Farmers' Rights and thus hamper the process. It is
crucial that no strings are attached, if seed corporations decides to support
the implementation of Farmers' Rights or parts of this process. The conditions
for such support should be clear and transparent for all involved parties and
not by any means affect the contents of the implementation framework as agreed
by the stakeholders of the consultative process. It is vital to avoid any
reason for distrust in this regard, which could destroy the whole process. To
avoid distrust, it is recommended to involve farmers' organizations and civil
society organizations in any board or steering committee for projects funded by
seed corporations on the implementation of Farmers' Rights.
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DEVELOPING A NATIONAL CONSULTATIVE PROCESS, JOINING FORCES, POOLING
Consultative process as dialogue the
Participants for national consultative
national consultative processes
Contents of national consultative
forces and pooling resources