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The contents of Farmers' Rights

Farmers' Rights are basically about enabling farmers to maintain and develop crop genetic resources as they have done since the dawn of agriculture, and recognizing and rewarding them for this indispensable contribution to the global pool of genetic resources.

One reason why the negotiators of the International Treaty were not able to agree on a definition on Farmers' Rights was that the situation of farmers differs so greatly from country to country, as do the perceptions of Farmers' Rights. With no official definition of Farmers' Rights, there is uncertainty as to what the concept involves, and thus also to how these rights can be realized. Thus, it is important to establish a common ground of understanding in order to develop a fruitful dialogue among stakeholders on necessary measures to be taken. The Farmers' Rights Project has compiled and analysed current perceptions and on this basis developed a working definition.

Read more:
   Two approaches to Farmers' Rights
   Approaches to protecting farmers' traditional knowledge
   Approaches to ensuring equitable benefit sharing
   Approaches to ensuring farmers' participation in decision-making
   Approaches to farmers' customary use of propagating material
   Conditions for the combination of approaches
   Towards a common ground of understanding
   What this may mean in practice

Relevant links and documents:
 International stakeholder survey on Farmers' Rights by Regine Andersen, 2005
 Preliminary summary of findings from the Farmers' Rights Project, 2006
 Barriers to Farmers' Rights
 How to realize Farmers' Rights
 Article on the contents of Farmers' Rights by Regine Andersen (published as a 'Policy Brief' by SAWTEE)
 GTZ Issue Paper on Farmers' Rights by Regine Andersen (also available in Spanish, French and German.
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 In this section:
  Farmers' Rights in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
  Why Farmers' Rights matter
  The contents of Farmers' Rights
  History of Farmers' Rights in the FAO
  Farmers' Rights in the literature
  Civil Society Organizations' approaches to Farmers' Rights

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Webpage last updated 9 June 2010