The History of Farmers' Rights: A Guide to Central
Documents and Literature
|Andersen, Regine (2005):
The History of
Farmers' Rights: A Guide to Central Documents and Literature.
Report 8/2005. (Lysaker, Norway: The Fridtjof Nansen Institute)
The guide presents the
findings of a comprehensive survey of documentation and literature on these
rights. It is designed as a guide for negotiators, practitioners and
researchers wishing to understand the concept and the potentials of farmers'
The documents represent the fruits of long and complex
negotiations, and provide an important context for the realization of farmers'
rights. How to reward farmers for their past, present and future contributions
to conserving, improving and making available crop genetic resources for food
and agriculture has been a central topic in the negotiations. An international
fund for supporting and assisting farmers in this has long been on the agenda.
Discussions have also focused on how farmers' rights can balance breeders'
rights, so as to ensure an equitable system that can facilitate farmers'
continued access to - and free use of - crop genetic resources. The substantial
and increasing body of literature on farmers' rights provides a valuable source
of insights in the potentials for, and possible difficulties in, realizing
farmers' rights. Although authors differ in their points of departure, emphases
and perspectives, their contributions are largely compatible. The literature
provides important points of departure for understanding the subject matter of
farmers' rights, types of rights, rights holders, and appropriate measures for
protecting and promoting these rights. It also draws lessons from initial
efforts at realizing these rights, and warns against certain tendencies which
might prove counterproductive.
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