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BEST PRACTICES:

Success stories from the realization of the right to save, use, exchange and sell farm-saved seed

Farmers' Rights to save, use, exchange and sell farm-saved seed are increasingly affected by regulations on plant breeders' rights, seed laws and seed certification. Generally, such legislation is most restrictive in the North, and least so in Africa, while countries in Asia and Latin America can be placed somewhere in the middle. In the European Union, for example, farmers are not allowed to use farm-saved seed from protected varieties on their own holdings, or they must pay a license fee to do so.

Here, a collection of cases is presented where this issue is dealt with in various ways, from establishing the legal space necessary for farmers to maintain their traditional practices and innovation in agriculture, to deciding not to introduce the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention or exchanging seeds despite detrimental legislation.


Read more:
   India's Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Act
   Norway's 'no' to stricter plant breeders' rights
   Circumventing the law in the Basque Country
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 In this section:
  BEST PRACTICES
  What is a 'success story' of FR?
  Success stories from the realization of the right to save, use, exchange and sell farm-saved seed
  Success stories on traditional knowledge related to agro-biodiversity
  Success stories on benefit-sharing measures
  Success stories on participation in decision making
  Common features

Photo: Pratap Shrestha, Nepal