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New Book Shows How Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic
Resources Can Be Realized
(25.09.2013) Farmers' Rights to crop genetic resources are
essential for maintaining agricultural biodiversity.
FAO's International Plant Treaty
(ITPGRFA) recognizes Farmers' Rights, but implementation is slow, and in
many countries there is resistance.
As part of FNI' long-running
project on Farmers' Rights, FNI
Senior Research Fellow Dr. Regine Andersen and
Research Fellow Tone Winge have documented
success stories and best practices in getting Farmers' Rights
These are presented in their new book
Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources, which is launched today. The
book shows the necessity of realizing Farmers' Rights for poverty alleviation
and food security, the practical possibilities of doing so, and the potential
gains for development and society at large. It provides decision-makers and
practitioners with a conceptual framework for understanding Farmers' Rights and
success stories showing how each of the elements of Farmers' Rights can be
realized in practice. The success stories have brought substantial achievements
as regards one or more of the four elements of Farmers' Rights: the rights of
farmers to save, use, exchange and sell farm-saved seed; the protection of
traditional knowledge; benefit- sharing; and participation in
This does not mean that these examples are perfect. Challenges
encountered on the way are conveyed and offer important lessons. The stories
represent different regions and localities, including Europe (Norway and
Spain), Asia (Syria, India, Nepal, Japan and the Philippines), Africa (Mali,
Ethiopia and Zimbabwe) and Latin America (Peru), as well as various categories
of stakeholders and types of initiatives and policies.
Bert Visser, Centre for Genetic
Resources, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The
'This book meticulously documents the progress of
initiatives undertaken to shape the Farmers' Rights described in the
International Treaty, taking the need to provide legal space for Farmers'
Rights as the point of departure. With its suggestions for future work, it is a
wealth of information for all concerned about and engaged in strengthening
farmers' continuing role in maintaining crop
José Esquinas-Alcázar, Director and
Chair of Studies on Hunger and Poverty, University of Córdoba, Spain and
Former Secretary of the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for
Food and Agriculture:
'This book is indispensable for decision-makers and
practitioners dealing with agriculture and food production. It illustrates from
the theory to the practice how Farmers' Rights can and need to be implemented
in order to ensure the continuous conservation and development of
agro-biodiversity in the twenty-first century. As such it is a milestone for
the realization of Farmers' Rights.'
'This is an excellent book for people who are
interested in knowing what Farmers' Rights can actually look like on the
ground. By presenting success stories, Andersen and Winge take a positive,
proactive approach to analyzing achievements in an area that is still,
unfortunately, fraught with challenges, setbacks and relatively slow progress.
A wide range of actors involved in Farmer Rights' advocacy and policy
development at local, national and international levels will benefit from the
case studies and overall analysis this book provides.'
presentation at the publisher's website
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