| FNI PROJECTS
Farmers' Rights Related to Agrobiodiversity as a Means of
Poverty Alleviation: Strategies of Civil Society
This project examines conditions for effective
implementation of the provisions on Farmers' Rights in the International Treaty
on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), which is crucial
for maintaining the global plant genetic heritage and for poverty alleviation.
The focus is on strategies of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), as these are
central actors in many developing countries, pushing for and shaping policies
on Farmers Rights, and initiating projects for the purpose. It is vital
to identify the patterns of CSO influence that contribute to the formulation
and implementation of policies and programmes for the effective realisation of
In this project, the influence of CSOs on these
processes is analysed in three developing countries where progress in
Farmers Rights has been achieved: India, the Philippines and Zambia. The
achievements are analysed with regard to their effectiveness in terms of the
realisation of Farmers Rights combined with their relevance for poverty
alleviation, before the influence of CSOs on these results will be analysed in
detail. The patterns of CSO influence are identified and the conditions for
these patterns determined as basis for an analysis of the scope for
generalisation with regard to other developing countries.
Andersen, Regine and Tone
Winge, 'Farmers Rights Project:
Furthering agrobiodiversity as a means of poverty alleviation'. New
Routes, No 3, 2012.
'The Plant Treaty - Crop Genetic
Diversity and Food Security'. In Steinar Andresen, Elin Lerum Boasson and
Geir Hønneland (eds), International Environmental Agreements: An
Introduction. London/New York, Routledge, 2012, pp.
Andersen, Regine and Tone Winge,
Seed Banks and Farmers Rights'. In Banking for the Future:
Savings, Security and Seeds. Oslo, Development Fund, 2011, pp.
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,
'An issue of
survival', D+C, No 4, 01.04.2010. (German version available
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.
The Research Council of Norway
University of the
Philippines, Los Baños
|Recent media coverage:
for global planteavtale' ('Progress for the Global Plant Treaty'),
Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food news release, 21.03.2011. In
over frøene?' ('Who Decides over the Seeds?'), forskning.no,
21.12.2010. In Norwegian.
and Poverty Reduction: Who Controls the Seeds?', Science Daily,
Tematisk bredde i utviklingsforskningen' ('NORGLOBAL: Development Research Has
Thematic Breadth'), Research Council of Norway News, 12.03.2010. In
om bønders rettigheter' ('New Website on Farmers' Rights'),
Norwegian Genetic Resource Centre, 16 June 2008. In