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HOW TO REALIZE FARMERS' RIGHTS AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL:

Who should actually identify such representatives?

Ideally farmers should do so themselves. In countries with high membership levels and good representation, it is possible to invite the relevant organizations to identify representatives themselves. Perhaps they will choose some of their leaders and some farmer members to ensure that the views from the ground are well covered.

In countries where there are not so well developed representation systems, or were membership levels are low, it is difficult to find legitimate ways to identify farmers' representatives. Here it may be useful to invite NGOs engaged in farming communities, extension services, and other outreach programmes to help identifying farmers to participate in the process. At best, all relevant institutions should be invited to identify some of the representatives, thereby ensuring that different regions are covered.



Pages in this sub-section:
    STEP 2: ENSURING FARMERS' PARTICIPATION IN THE IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS
   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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  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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