Paris, DIVERSIFOOD, Innovation Fact Sheets, No 9, 2017, 2 p.
Since the dawn of agriculture, farmers all over the world have sown, harvested and selected seed and planting material, actively exchanging these resources among each other. In so doing, they have developed an incredible abundance of crops, their knowledge and skills paving the way for the food plants that we use in agriculture and breeding today. Realising Farmers’ Rights means enabling farmers to maintain and develop crop genetic resources, and rewarding them for their indispensable contribution to agrobiodiversity worldwide. While the Plant Treaty does not oblige member countries to adopt any specific norm for Farmers’ Rights, its provisions, however, provide an important framework for the development of relevant national policy measures. The DIVERSIFOOD project aims at contributing to the development of meaningful policy frameworks.