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STATE OF FARMERS' RIGHTS PER TOPIC:

Farmers' Rights and participation in decision processes

A third measure for the implementation of Farmers' Rights, as suggested in Paragraph 9.2.c of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, is the participation of farmers in decision-making pertaining to the management of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture at the national level.

There are generally few examples of legislation in this regard, although some countries in the South have extensive legislation on participation. All the same, actual participation in decision-making processes seems to be marginal and is often confined to large-scale farmers who are normally not engaged in the maintenance of plant genetic diversity. In the North, the participation of farmers in decision-making processes is more common, but without reference to specific laws or policies. However, farmers in the North claim that their influence is now decreasing, due to their countries' commitments to international and regional agreements.

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Pages in this sub-section:
   STATE OF FARMERS' RIGHTS PER TOPIC
   Protection of traditional knowledge
   Equitable benefit sharing
   Participation in decision processes
   Rights to save, use, exchange and sell farm-saved seed
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