| THE CONTENTS OF FARMERS'
protecting farmers' traditional knowledge
farmers' traditional knowledge can mean different things.
the ownership approach, it would mean offering ownership status to farmers with
the right to act against misappropriation and decide over the use of their
knowledge and related plant genetic resources. In Norway, farmers have stressed
that their traditional knowledge is about to disappear. Protection, in their
understanding, is about ensuring that the knowledge does not die out, and for
that purpose the broadest possible sharing of knowledge is necessary. However,
an ownership approach to protection could provide disincentives to sharing
knowledge between and among farmers, as has been seen among potato farmers in
Some proponents of the stewardship approach note that agricultural
plant varieties and related knowledge are normally shared among farming
communities: 'Ownership' in this context is generally an alien idea among
farmers, representing a profound break with traditional
Whether a stewardship approach, an ownership approach or a
combination is chosen to protecting traditional knowledge related to
agro-biodiversity, it should not provide any disincentives to the sharing of
knowledge and genetic resources among farmers, nor should it contribute to
genetic erosion or the loss of traditional knowledge. That would be against the
intentions of the ITPGRFA.
OF FARMERS' RIGHTS
approaches to Farmers' Rights
Approaches to protecting farmers' traditional
to ensuring equitable benefit sharing
Approaches to ensuring farmers'
participation in decision-making
Approaches to farmers' customary
use of propagating material
Conditions for the combination of
common ground of understanding
What this may mean in