The Fridtjof Nansen Institute
Home 
About FNI 
Research 
Publications 
Staff 
News & events 
Contact 


FNI PROJECTS

The Farmers’ Rights Project: Implementing Farmers' Rights under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The Farmers' Rights ProjectThe Farmers' Rights Project is about farmers' rights related to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, as they are recognised in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). There is substantial uncertainty as to how the provisions on farmers' rights under the International Treaty can be implemented and what the role of the Governing Body of the Treaty should be in this regard.

The overall objective of The Farmers Rights' Project is to provide an empirical basis for constructive proposals to the Governing Body of ITPGRFA on the realisation of farmers' rights as they are formulated in the International Treaty. Three project objectives have been developed towards this end:
1) To provide an overview over, and assessment of, options available for the domestic implementation of farmers' rights under different conditions.
2) To identify potential ways and means for the Governing Body of ITPGRFA to promote the realisation of farmers' rights.
3) To contribute to the understanding of the options available for the implementation of farmers' rights under ITPGRFA among its Parties and stakeholders.

The main components of the project are as follows:
   Survey on the history of Farmers’ Rights, based on a document and literature review.
   International multi-stakeholder questionnaire survey on Farmers’ Rights.
   Case studies on Farmers’ Rights in India, Peru, Ethiopia and Norway.
   Documenting Success Stories from the Realization of Farmers' Rights.
   The Lusaka informal international consultation process on Farmers' Rights (together with the governments of Zambia and Norway).
   Website on Farmers' Rights.
   Workshop Module on Farmers' Rights.
   Various workshops and consultancies on the realization of Farmers’ Rights.
   Research on civil society strategies for the implementation of Farmers' Rights.
   Various side events and lectures on Farmers' Rights.

The intention of the project is to move ahead from earlier controversies, and – based on the consensus formulations in the Treaty – build bridges to a joint perception of needed action, in respect of the countries' freedom to choose measures according to their needs and priorities.

Much more information and publications available on the project website


Project leader: Tone Winge


Project period: 2005-2014


Publications:

Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, 232 p.

Andersen, Regine, 'Crop Genetic Diversity and Farmers’ Rights'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 3-11.

Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge, 'What Constitutes a Success Story in the Context of Farmers’ Rights?'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 12-20.

Andersen, Regine, 'Norway’s Path to Ensuring Farmers’ Rights in the European Context'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 23-39.

Winge, Tone and Helen Groome, 'Conservation of Local Varieties in the Basque Country in Spite of Legal Restrictions'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 40-53.

Winge, Tone, Regine Andersen and Anitha Ramanna Pathak, 'Combining Farmers’ Rights and Plant Variety Protection in Indian Law'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 54-61.

Scurrah, Maria, Stef de Haan and Tone Winge, 'Cataloguing Potato Varieties and Traditional Knowledge from the Andean Highlands of Huancavelica, Peru'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 64-79.

Andersen, Regine, Teresita H. Borromeo and Nestor C. Altoveros, 'A Community Registry in the Philippines'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 80-93.

Ceccarelli, Salvatore, Stefania Grando and Tone Winge, 'Participatory Barley Breeding in Syria'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 97-116.

Winge, Tone, Regine Andersen and Pratap Shrestha, 'Benefiting from Diversity in Nepal'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 117-133.

Chakanda, Robert, Andrew Mushita and Tone Winge, 'Community Seed Fairs in Zimbabwe'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 134-145.

Abay, Fetien, Åsmund Bjørnstad and Tone Winge, 'Farmer Innovation in Tigray, Ethiopia'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 146-155.

Goïta, Mamadou, Modibo Goïta, Mohamed Coulibaly and Tone Winge, 'Capacity Building and Farmer Empowerment in Mali'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 156-166.

Nishikawa, Yoshiaki and Tone Winge, 'The Hiroshima Agricultural Gene Bank: Re-introducing Local Varieties, Maintaining Traditional Knowledge'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 167-178.

Winge, Tone, Kamalesh Adhikari and Regine Andersen, 'Advocacy for Farmers’ Rights in Nepal'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 181-194.

Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge, 'Future Prospects for the Realisation of Farmers’ Rights'. In Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge (eds), Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices. Abingdon (UK), Routledge, 2013, pp. 197-204.

Andersen, Regine, Plant Genetic Diversity in Agriculture and Farmers’ Rights in Norway. FNI Report 17/2012. Lysaker, FNI, 2012, 119 p.

Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge, 'Farmers’ Rights Project: Furthering agrobiodiversity as a means of poverty alleviation'. New Routes, No 3, 2012.

Andersen, Regine, Plantemangfold i jordbruket og bønders rettigheter i Norge ('Plant Genetic Diversity and Farmers’ Rights in Norway'). FNI Report 11/2011. Lysaker, FNI, 2011, 116 p. In Norwegian.

Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge, The 2010 Global Consultations on Farmers' Rights: Results from an Email-based Survey. FNI Report 2/2011. Lysaker, FNI, 2011, 161 p.

Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge, with contributions from Bell Batta Torheim, Global Consultations on Farmers’ Rights in 2010. FNI Report 1/2011. Lysaker, FNI, 2011, 131 p.

Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge, 'Linking Community Seed Banks and Farmers’ Rights'. In Banking for the Future: Savings, Security and Seeds. Oslo, Development Fund, 2011, pp. 5-7.

FAO, Input paper submitted by Ethiopia based on Global Consultations on Farmers' Rights in 2010. Information Papers for the Fourth Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGRFA. IT/GB-4/11/Circ.1. Rome, The Secretariat of the ITPGRFA, 2011, 16 p.

FAO, Information Paper on Farmers' Rights Submitted by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, based on the Farmers' Rights Project. Information Papers for the Third Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGRFA. IT/GB-3/09/Inf. 6, Add. 3. Rome/Tunis, The Secretariat of the ITPGRFA, 2009, 31 p.

Andersen, Regine, Norwegian Plant Variety Protection and Seed Laws: Lessons for South Asian Countries, Trade Insight, Vol 5, No 1, 2009, pp. 12-14.

Andersen, Regine, Information Paper on Farmers' Rights Submitted by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, based on the Farmers' Rights Project. Information Papers for the Third Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGRFA. IT/GB-3/09/Inf. 6, Add. 3. Rome/Tunis, The Secretariat of the ITPGRFA, 2009, 31 p.

Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge, The Plant Treaty and Farmers' Rights: Implementation Issues for South Asia. SAWTEE Discussion Paper. Kathmandu (Nepal), South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment (SAWTEE), 2009, 48 p.

Andersen, Regine, Information Paper on Farmers’ Rights Submitted by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, Based on the Farmers’ Rights Project. Input paper submitted to the Secretariat of the Plant Treaty. Lysaker, FNI, 19 May 2009.

Scurrah, Maria, Regine Andersen and Tone Winge, Los Derechos del Agricultor en el Perú: Las perspectivas de los agricultores. Estudio de antecedentes 8 ('Farmers' Rights in Peru: Farmers' Perspectives. Background Study 8'). FNI Report 3/2009. Lysaker, FNI, 2009, 63 p. In Spanish.

Scurrah, Maria, Regine Andersen and Tone Winge, The Farmers' Rights Project – Background Study 8: Farmers' Rights in Peru: Farmers' Perspectives. FNI Report 16/2008. Lysaker, FNI, 2008, 57 p.

Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge, The Farmers' Rights Project – Background Study 7: Success Stories from the Realization of Farmers' Rights Related to Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. FNI Report 4/2008. Lysaker, FNI, 2008, 72 p.

Andersen, Regine and Gunnvor Berge, Informal International Consultation on Farmers' Rights, 18 - 20 September 2007, Lusaka, Zambia. Report M-0737 E. Oslo, Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food, 2007, 141 p. (Summaries also available in French and Spanish.)

Andersen, Regine, 'Protecting Farmers' Rights in the Global IPR Regime: Challenges and Options'. Trade Insight, Vol 3, No 2, 2007, pp. 30-32.

Andersen, Regine, Farmers' Rights and Agrobiodiversity. Issue Papers: People Food and Biodiversity. Eschborn, GTZ, 2006, 4 p.

Andersen, Regine, Realising Farmers’ Rights under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, Summary of Findings from the Farmers’ Rights Project (Phase 1). FNI Report 11/2006. Lysaker, FNI, 2006, 13 p.

Feyissa, Regassa, The Farmers' Rights Project - Background Study 5: Farmers' Rights in Ethiopia - A Case Study. FNI Report 7/2006. Lysaker, FNI, 2006, 64 p.

Ramanna, Anitha, The Farmers' Rights Project - Background Study 4: Farmers' Rights in India - A Case Study. FNI Report 6/2006. Lysaker, FNI, 2006, 52 p.

Muller, Manuel Ruiz, The Farmers' Rights Project - Background Study 3: Farmers' Rights in Peru – A Case Study. FNI Report 5/2006. Lysaker, FNI, 2006, 109 p.

Andersen, Regine, Bønders rettigheter – resultater fra en internasjonal undersøkelse ('Farmers' Rights – Results from an International Survey'). Frø & Formering Report 6D. Sandefjord, Vestfold Bondelag, 2006, 7 p. In Norwegian.

Andersen, Regine, The Farmers' Rights Project - Background Study 1: The History of Farmers' Rights: A Guide to Central Documents and Literature. FNI report 8/2005. Lysaker, FNI, 2005, 50 p.

Andersen, Regine, The Farmers' Rights Project - Background Study 2: Results from an International Stakeholder Survey on Farmers' Rights. FNI report 9/2005. Lysaker, FNI, 2005, 117 p.

Commentary articles:

Andersen, Regine, 'An issue of survival', D+C, No 4, 1 April 2010. (German version available here.)

Andersen, Regine, 'Redningsaksjon for matplantene' ('Rescue Operation for Agricultural Plants'), Nationen, 11 November 2009. In Norwegian.

Andersen, Regine, 'Frøbytte er forbudt i Norge' ('Exchange of Seeds is Illegal in Norway'), Grobladet, No 69, May 2007. In Norwegian.

Andersen, Regine, 'Noas ark og plantemangfoldet' ('Noah's Ark and Plant Diversity'). Aftenposten, 3 February 2006. In Norwegian.

Andersen, Regine, 'Norway Says 'No' to UPOV 1991'. BIO-IPR Docserver, 8 December 2005.

Andersen, Regine, 'Historien om poteten Linda' ('The Story About the Potato Variety 'Linda''). Nationen, 11 August 2005. In Norwegian.

Andersen, Regine, 'Hvem skal eie bondens frø?' ('Who Shall Own Farmer's Seeds?'). Aftenposten, 18 May 2005. In Norwegian.
Top
 Related focal point of research:

   Biodiversity and genetic resources


Project funding:

   Norwegian Ministry of Food and Agriculture
   Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) (Germany)
   Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
   Development Fund (Norway)


 External cooperation partners:

   Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (Germany)


Relevant FNI News:

New Book Shows How Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources Can Be Realized (25.09.2013)

Latest FNI Research on Biodiversity Presented at CBD COP 11 in Hyderabad (11.10.2012)

Rapport om plantemangfold i jordbruket og bønders rettigheter i Norge (18.11.2011) In Norwegian.

Hvem bestemmer over frøene? ('Who Decides over the Seeds?') (22.12.2010) In Norwegian

FNI Conducts Global Consultations on Farmers' Rights (07.07.2010)

Side Event on Farmers' Rights at the 3rd Session of the Governing Body of the Plant Treaty (04.06.09)

Implementing Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources in Norway (30.01.09)

FNI Research Helps Put Farmers' Rights on the Agenda (19.11.07)

Regine Andersen Obtains Doctoral Degree on Management of Plant Genetic Resources in Agriculture (23.02.07)

Farmers as custodians of plant genetic resources: Need for legal space (23.06.06)

FNI Organizes Side Event on Farmers' Rights at FAO Meeting (07.06.06)


Related documents:

   FNI's Farmers' Rights Project. Information brochure (PDF, 0.9 Mb)
   FNI Research on Biological Diversity. Information brochure (PDF, 0.5 Mb)


Recent media coverage:

'Plan for å øke bønders rettigheter til genressurser' ('Plan to Increase Farmers' Rights to Genetic Resources'), Skog og Landskap, 08.05.2012. In Norwegian.

'Bønders rettigheter til genressurser' ('Farmers' Rights to Genetic Resources'), News release, Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food, 08.05.2012. In Norwegian.

'Ønsker å øke bønders rettigheter til genressurser' ('Norway Wants to Increase Farmers' Rights to Genetic Resources'), Norsk Landbruk, 08.05.2012. In Norwegian.

'Bonderettighetene som forsvant' ('The Farmers' Rights that Disappeared'), Bondebladet, 02.02.2012. In Norwegian.

'Ny rapport: - Lønnsomt å dyrke et større mangfold av sorter' ('New Report: - Profitable to Grow a Larger Diversity of Plant Varieties'), Nationen, 24.11.2011. In Norwegian.

'Rapport om plantemangfold og bønders rettigheter' ('Report on Plant Genetic Diversity and Farmers' Rights in Norway'), Skog og Landskap, 23.11.2011. In Norwegian.

'Han får ikke ha rent mel i posen' ('Illegal Seed'), Dagens Næringsliv D2, 22.07.2011. In Norwegian.

'Framgang for global planteavtale' ('Progress for the Global Plant Treaty'), Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food news release, 21.03.2011. In Norwegian.

'Hvem bestemmer over frøene?' ('Who Decides over the Seeds?'), forskning.no, 21.12.2010. In Norwegian.

'Biodiversity and Poverty Reduction: Who Controls the Seeds?', Science Daily, 27.10.2010.

'Tar vare på gamle kornsorter' ('Takes Care of Old Grain Varieties'), Norwegian Agricultural Authority News Release, 09.09.2010. In Norwegian.

'Endringer i forskriftene om såvarer, settepoteter og plantesorter' ('Changes in Regulations on Seed and Plant Varieties'), Norwegian Farmers and Smallholders Union news release, 21.05.2010. In Norwegian.

'NORGLOBAL: Tematisk bredde i utviklingsforskningen' ('NORGLOBAL: Development Research Has Thematic Breadth'), Research Council of Norway News, 12.03.2010. In Norwegian.

'Landbruk: Heggem om bønders rettigheter' ('Agriculture: Heggem Talks on Farmers' Rights'), Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food news release, 26 January 2009. In Norwegian.

'Seminar om bønders rettigheter til genressurser' ('Seminar on Farmers' Rights to Genetic Resources'), Norwegian Genetic Resource Centre, 15 January 2009. In Norwegian.

'Ny webside om bønders rettigheter' ('New Website on Farmers' Rights'), Norwegian Genetic Resource Centre, 16 June 2008. In Norwegian.

'Research Helps Put Farmers' Rights on the Agenda', Innovations Report, 20 November 2007.

'Informal Consultation Focuses on Farmers' Rights', MEA Bulletin, No 33, 4 October 2007, p. 4.

'Det starter med et frø' ('It Starts with a Seed'), Dagbladet, 4 September 2006. In Norwegian.

'Farmers As Custodians Of Plant Genetic Resources: Need For Legal Space', Medical News, 27 June 2006.

'Farmers As Custodians Of Plant Genetic Resources: Need For Legal Space', Innovations Report, 26 June 2006.

'Planter: Vil sikre mangfoldet' ('Plants: Norway wants to secure diversity'), News release posted by the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food on Odin, 15 June 2006. In Norwegian.



Fridtjof Nansen Institute
P.O. Box 326, 1326 Lysaker, Norway. Tel: (+47) 67111900 / E-mail: post (+@fni.no)