Farmers' Rights matter
Farmers' Rights are a precondition
for the maintenance of crop genetic diversity, which is the basis of all food
and agriculture production in the world. Genetic diversity of agricultural
plants is the very basis of farming.
It provides the pool from which
plant traits can be found that meet the challenges of crop pests and diseases,
of marginal soils, and not least of changing climate conditions
and it is vital for spreading risks for smallholder farmers.
genetic diversity is probably more important for farming than any other
environmental factor, simply because it is the factor that enables adaptation
to changing environmental conditions. As farmers are custodians and developers
of crop genetic resources, their rights in this regard are crucial for enabling
them to maintain this vital role for local and global food security, and they
are a central means in the fight against poverty.
poverty eradication argument
Farmers' realities as
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