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.

This chapter looks at a proposal that was aimed at strengthening the regulations on plant variety protection in Norway, but which was rejected by the Norwegian government on the grounds of Farmers’ Rights, as well as how this came about and what the results were. It also looks at Norway’s current regulations on plant variety registration and seed certication. It is argued that this legislation, alhtough it still can be seen as an impediment to the realisation of Farmers' Rights, represents a considerable improvement from the situation only a few years ago.

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