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State of Farmers' Rights per country

Farmers' Rights, as they pertain to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, are an issue of central importance in countries where most of the population lives in rural areas, their livelihoods based on farming - and particularly so when farming systems centre on traditional varieties. This is the case in most developing countries. In Northern countries, Farmers' Rights concern a much smaller segment of the population. Although most farmers in the North rely on commercial plant varieties, saving and re-use of propagating material is still practised to some extent, and among eco-farmers there is increasing interest in developing plant breeding based on traditional varieties. Thus, Farmers' Rights related to crop genetic diversity are also important in the North.

Here you can read more about the state of Farmers' Rights in selected countries. We hope to increase the number of countries covered in this presentation over time, and invite contributions to the website for this purpose.  Contact >


Read about the state of Farmers' Rights in countries in:
   Africa
   Asia
   The Americas
   Oceania
   Europe
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  State of Farmers' Rights per country
  Key barriers to Farmers' Rights
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