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The History of Farmers' Rights: A Guide to Central Documents and Literature

Andersen, Regine (2005):
The History of Farmers' Rights: A Guide to Central Documents and Literature.
FNI Report 8/2005. (Lysaker, Norway: The Fridtjof Nansen Institute)


The guide presents the findings of a comprehensive survey of documentation and literature on these rights. It is designed as a guide for negotiators, practitioners and researchers wishing to understand the concept and the potentials of farmers' rights.

The documents represent the fruits of long and complex negotiations, and provide an important context for the realization of farmers' rights. How to reward farmers for their past, present and future contributions to conserving, improving and making available crop genetic resources for food and agriculture has been a central topic in the negotiations. An international fund for supporting and assisting farmers in this has long been on the agenda. Discussions have also focused on how farmers' rights can balance breeders' rights, so as to ensure an equitable system that can facilitate farmers' continued access to - and free use of - crop genetic resources. The substantial and increasing body of literature on farmers' rights provides a valuable source of insights in the potentials for, and possible difficulties in, realizing farmers' rights. Although authors differ in their points of departure, emphases and perspectives, their contributions are largely compatible. The literature provides important points of departure for understanding the subject matter of farmers' rights, types of rights, rights holders, and appropriate measures for protecting and promoting these rights. It also draws lessons from initial efforts at realizing these rights, and warns against certain tendencies which might prove counterproductive.

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 In this section:
  A summary of the literature on Farmers' Rights
  Major works on Farmers' Rights – global level
  Articles and book chapters on Farmers' Rights – global level
  Major works and articles on farmers' rights – regional and national levels
  Other literature of relevance for Farmers' Rights

Nepal. Photo: Regine Andersen, FNI