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Global Consultations on Farmers' Rights

Global consultations on Farmers' Rights as they are addressed in Article 9 of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture have recently been carried out.

The background was a decision made by the Governing Body of the Plant Treaty at its third session (Resolution 6/2009). Here the Governing Body recalls the importance of fully implementing Farmers' Rights, and requests the Secretariat to convene regional workshops on Farmers' Rights to discuss relevant national experiences.

The Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway has been assisting the Secretariat in carrying out this task. The consultation process started out in July with the sending out of questionnaires (which can be viewed here), in order to involve as many stakeholders as possible, in all parts of the world. By the deadline on 6 September, 56 questionnaires from 108 respondents had been received. These have been analyzed, and a preliminary report will be made available on this website soon. We would like to thank all respondents for their contributions to the survey!

A global consultation conference, with regional components and 52 participants representing a wide range of stakeholders and countries, took place in Addis Ababa 23-25 November 2010. The conference was organized by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, and hosted by the Institute of Biodiversity Conservation, Ethiopia.

The results of the global consultation process are presented in an input paper(available also in Spanish and French) submitted by Ethiopia to the Governing Body of the Plant Treaty at its Fourth Session in 2011, as a basis for an agenda item on Farmers' Rigths. In addition, two reports have been published. The first report (FNI Report 1/2011) presents the proceedings of the Consultation Conference, and contains a summary of the findings from the email-based questionnaire survey, while the second report (FNI Report 2/2011) presents the findings from the survey more in detail.

The consultations was made possible with the financial support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the Swedish International Biodiversity Programme (SwedBio), the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Development Fund, Norway, while Ethiopia, through Institute of Biodiversity Conservation (IBC), offered to host the consultation conference.

Conference Documents:
   Programme from the Consultation Conference
   List of Conference Participants
   Introductory presentation by Regine Andersen
   Presentation of the results of the questionnaire survey by Regine Andersen
   Presentation by Juliana Santilli
   Presentation by Maria Mayer de Scurrah
   Presentation by Wilhelmina Pelegrina
   Presentation by Kent Nnadozie
   Presentation by Shreeram Prasad Neopane
   Presentation by Patrick Mulvany
   Presentation by Nyasha Chishakwe
   Presentation by Robin Pistorius
   Presentation by Riccardo Bocci
   Presentation by Bell Batta Torheim
   Input Paper from the Conference
   Spanish version of Input Paper
   French version of Input Paper
   FNI Report 1/2011
   FNI Report 2/2011

For more information:
   Resolution 6/2009
   The Plant Treaty
   About Farmers' Rights

Pages in this sub-section:
   On the International Treaty
   Central provisions on Farmers' Rights
   Follow-up in the Governing Body of the Treaty
   The Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty
   New resolution on Farmers' Rights under the International Treaty
   Little progress on sustainable use at the Third Session of the Plant Treaty
   Global Consultations on Farmers' Rights
   The Fourth Session of the Governing Body
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  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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