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.

This chapter presents the story of how a civil society advocacy campaign against Nepalese UPOV membership and resulting new national legislation on plant breeders' rights during the Nepalese WTO membership negotiations had an impact on the process and contributed to the realisation of Farmers' Rights. The chapter discusses the potential effects of plant breeders' rights on Farmers' Rights, the advocacy strategy used by the Nepalse civil society network, including the involvement of farmers and farmer organisations, and the way the campaign affected events. It also looks at the relationship between the campaign and the government and explains the key factors behing the network's impact.