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FNI Research Helps Put Farmers' Rights on the
(19.11.2007) On 1 November the Governing Body (GB) of the
International Treaty on Plant Genetic
Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) decided to collect views
and experiences on Farmers' Rights implementation, with the view to promote
their realization. FNI research has been crucial in bringing about the
This breakthrough in the promotion of Farmers' Rights to
plant genetic resources for food and agriculture was the result of a process
carried through by the Governments of Norway and Zambia together in cooperation
with the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI). It included informal international
consultations in Zambia in September, and a side event during the GB session in
Rome. Research results from FNI's Farmers' Rights Project provided
much of the basis for and input to the process.
The side event on the realization of Farmers' Rights and the role
of the GB in Rome was attended by about 50 participants. Here, the organizers
presented the report from the informal international consultations on Farmers'
Rights that had been held in Zambia 18-20 September to prepare for the
discussions in the GB. They also presented an input paper on Farmers' Rights
from the Governments of Norway and Zambia, submitted to the GB for
consideration during its discussions.
The Governing Body's resolution
encourages countries to submit their views and experiences on the
implementation of Farmers' Rights as set out in the Treaty, and requests the
Secretariat to collect this as basis for an agenda item for consideration by
the GB at the next session in 2009 to promote the realization of Farmers'
Right. The resolution further confirms that the Governing Body will continue to
include farmers' organizations in its work.
'Knowing where we came from, and the great uncertainty related to
the role of the Governing Body in the implementation of Farmers' Rights, I see
this resolution as a substantial step forwards. It establishes a role for the
Governing Body and its Secretariat in the implementation of these rights, and
provides a basis for steps to be taken at the national level,' says Project
Leader of FNI's Farmers' Rights Project, Senior Research Fellow
'In addition, the
explicit statement of inclusion of farmers' organizations in the work of the
Governing Body marks an important step towards cooperation with important
stakeholder groups for the realization of these rights,' Andersen says.
Farmers' Rights Project
from the Zambia consultations 18-20 September 2007
input paper to the GB on Farmers' Rights
event in Rome (programme)
Governing Body's resolution on Farmers' Rights
release from the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food (in
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