| KEY BARRIERS TO FARMERS'
Barriers to farmers'
participation in decision-making
Farmers' participation in
decision-making will necessarily have to be approached differently according to
the political situation in the specific country. An important question is how
to determine who the legitimate representatives of farmers are. The way in
which farmers' unions and institutions are organized is crucial to enable
legitimacy. Difficulties in establishing legitimate representation constitute a
barrier to farmers' participation in some countries, perhaps in
A related problem is that there may be low awareness on
Farmers' Rights among farmers themselves. It seems that farmers often become
truly aware of their rights related to seed and propagating material only when
these rights are gone (as has been the case in Europe) - and that may be too
late. Thus, even if farmers are represented in decision-making, it may not
always contribute to preventing the reduction of Farmers' Rights.
particular problem in terms of decision-making concerns bio-safety. If farmers'
fields are infested with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without their
consent, this constitutes a barrier to self-determination with regard to choice
of seed, and may even alter farmers' traditional varieties. The important point
is not whether the policies of a country are favourable to GMOs, but how to
ensure the self-determination of farmers to choose technology themselves. The
lack of mechanisms to ensure this constitutes one central barrier to farmers'
participation in decision-making - related to their own holdings and
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BARRIERS TO FARMERS' RIGHTS
perceptions on barriers to the realization of Farmers' Rights
Barriers to upholding and developing
legal space for Farmers' Rights
Barriers to incentives, rewards and
farmers' participation in decision-making