| What are Farmers' Rights
This website is about Farmers' Rights (FR) as
they are addressed in the International
Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Farmers' Rights
are basically about enabling farmers to continue their work as stewards and
innovators of agricultural biodiversity, and about recognizing and rewarding
them for their contribution to the global pool of genetic resources.
Thus, Farmers' Rights are critical to ensuring the conservation and
sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture and consequently
for food security today and in the future. Farmers' Rights are also a
central means in the fight against rural poverty in developing countries.
This website has been developed as a
tool for decision makers, practitioners, and others involved in the realization
of Farmers' Rights. It is also intended as an information source for
researchers and other interested individuals.
Here you will find
information on the history,
legal status and
contents of Farmers' Rights, on the
state of implementation of these rights, and a
comprehensive database on legislation and
policies. You will find concrete recommendations on how to go about implementing Farmers' Rights in your own
country, including a workshop
module for free use and success
stories from all over the world. The prospects for
implementing Farmers' Rights
internationally are also discussed, and you will find overviews of
literature and organizations related to Farmers' Rights, a
calendar of coming events, and answers to
'frequently asked questions' (FAQ).
is the official website of the Farmers' Rights
Project of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute
(FNI), brought to you with the support of the sectorial GTZ project
People, Food and Biodversity which is
implemented on behalf of the German BMZ.