| HOW TO REALIZE FARMERS' RIGHTS AT THE
Step 2: Ensuring
farmers' participation in the implementation
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
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
actually identify such representatives?
How can farmers' participation in
the implementation process be ensured?