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Farmers' Rights in Peru. A Case Study

Muller, Manuel Ruiz (2006):
Farmers' Rights in Peru. A Case Study
FNI Report 5/2006. (Lysaker, Norway: The Fridtjof Nansen Institute)


The case study provides an overview of the state of Farmers' Rights in Peru and of the perceptions of central stakeholders in this regard. Peru is a centre of origin and diversity of important food crops and a country where traditional farming practices coexist with modern and intensive farming, and the study offers an analysis of the various and complex issues and problems which arise with regard to understanding and, especially, implementing these rights at the national level.

Various perceptions and limited awareness about the implications of Farmers' Rights pose an additional challenge. However, Peru has made some progress, particularly in the area of public policies and laws oriented towards the protection of traditional knowledge and seeking to ensure the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. Most concerns at present focus on the impacts that a seed certification system and new plant breeders' rights may have on traditional saving and use of seeds and propagating material by campesinos and native communities. Farmers' Rights appear to be an important tool for campesinos and native communities to ensure the legitimacy of the traditional practices of saving, reusing and exchanging seeds.

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