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Farmers' Rights to Livelihood in the Hindu-Kush Himalayas

Adhikari, Ratnakar & Kamalesh Adhikari (eds) (2003):
Farmers' Rights to Livelihood in the Hindu-Kush Himalayas
(Kathmandu: South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Development)


South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Development (SAWTEE) has been carrying out a project on farmers' rights in the Hindu-Kush region. Various publications have been produced, of which this book is central. With contributions from distinguished experts in South Asia, it explains the political and economic context for farmers' rights in the region, and discusses farmers' rights in the context of human rights - as a right to food. It highlights legal and institutional mechanisms for the realization of farmers' rights, the importance of farmers' rights for sustainable agriculture, and reports from roundtable discussions with experts and consultations with farmers on the realization of farmers' rights.

SAWTEE has recently begun publishing a newsletter on farmers' rights in South Asia. The newsletter covers topics of relevance to farmers' rights in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The first issue is available at, and covers such topics as disclosure of the sources of genetic resources as a requirement for intellectual property rights, the protection of farmers' rights in plant variety protection laws, and the situation in the various countries of South East Asia.
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