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Implementing Farmers' Rights internationally

Photo: FAOThe extent to which Farmers' Rights can be implemented in a country is not only dependent on the needs and priorities within the country. Often it is also subject to the obligations that the country has towards various international and regional agreements. Thus, harmonization of Farmers' Rights is not only important at the national, but also at the international level.

Among the most important international agreements are – aside from the International Treaty itself – the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Convention of the Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) of the United Nations (UN). These international agreements are interlinked and they interact in various ways with regard to Farmers' Rights.

Read more:
   On the International Treaty
   Governing Agrobiodiversity: Plant Genetics and Developing Countries

Relevant links:
 Homepage of the Plant Treaty
 Homepage of the CBD
 Homepage of WTO/TRIPS
 Homepage of UPOV
 Homepage of WIPO

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Webpage last updated 5 June 2012