Basically, realizing Farmers' Rights means enabling farmers to maintain and develop crop genetic diversity, and recognizing and rewarding them for this indispensable contribution to the global pool of genetic resources and to local and global food security.
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2015 – 2017: The Bali Global Consultation on Farmers’ Rights
The most important event during this biennium was the Bali Global Consultation on Farmers’ Rights. Gathering 95 participants from all regions and major stakeholder groups taking stock and discussing future action, it represented a milestone in the international work for Farmers’ Rights.
2013 – 2015: Compilation of submissions so far – and initiative towards UPOV
This biennium was characterized by a compilation of submissions that the Plant Treaty Secretariat had been requested to do, by dialogues within the FAO and an initiative on the interrelations between with the Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) relating to Farmers’ Rights.
2011 – 2013: Success stories and best practices – and other experiences
In this biennium, there were lots of activities, even though no global or regional events took place. Many of the activities were reflected in a compilation from the Plant Treaty Secretariat. Among the contributions was a new book on success stories from the realization of Farmers’ Rights.
2009 – 2011: The Addis Ababa Global Consultations on Farmers’ Rights
In this biennium, the most important activities were the Global Consultations on Farmers’ Rights. A first part was e-mail-based and reached out to all regions and stakeholder groups. The second part was a conference in Addis Ababa, with regional elements. A total of 160 stakeholders were consulted.
2007 – 2009: On-line consultations on Farmers’ Rights and other submissions
In this biennium a multitude of initiatives were taken in different parts of the world to compile and analyze views and experiences related to the realization of Farmers’ Rights, most importantly an international on-line consultation and a series of reports on the state of Farmers’ Rights.
2006 – 2007: The Lusaka Informal International Consultations on Farmers’ Rights
An informal international consultation on Farmers’ Rights was held in Lusaka, Zambia, from 18 to 20 September 2007, jointly organized and co-hosted by the Norwegian and Zambian ministries of agriculture and food and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), Norway.