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HOW TO REALIZE FARMERS' RIGHTS AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL:

Step 2: Ensuring farmers' participation in the implementation process

Ensuring farmers' participation in the implementation process is crucial for at least three reasons. First, farmers' participation in decision processes pertaining to crop genetic diversity is among the rights set out in the International Treaty on Farmers' Rights (Paragraph 9.2.c). Secondly, farmers are those who are best informed about the situation of farmers, and thus what measures are needed to realize Farmers' Rights. Third, participation is a means to ensuring the legitimacy of the implementation process.

However, participation is not always easy to ensure. There are many questions which can be difficult to answer. In the list below you find some of the most central ones. If you click on the questions you will find a discussion of each, from which options are derived on how to proceed with regard to the question:

   Who are the farmers who should be included in the processes?
   How do we identify their representatives?
   Who should actually identify such representatives?
   How can farmers' participation in the implementation process be ensured?
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 In this section:
  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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