Andersen, R. (2009). Information paper on Farmers’ Rights submitted by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, based on the Farmers’ Rights Project. Input paper submitted to the Secretariat of the Plant Treaty 19 May 2009 (IT/GB-3/09/Inf. 6 Add. 3).  (PDF, 221KB)

Resolution 2/2007 of the Governing Body of the International Treaty encourages Contracting Parties and relevant organizations to submit their views and experiences on the implementation of Farmers’ Rights, as set out in Article 9. In response to this, the Fridtjof Nansen Institute has prepared an information paper based on the research findings of the Farmers' Rights Project. This input paper is a contribution to the negotiations on Farmers' Rights during the Third Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty in Tunisia. The information paper summarizes the knowledge of the project to date on views and experiences with the implementation of Farmers’ Rights globally, noting existing gaps and needs. After a brief introduction to the research and other activities of the Farmers’ Rights Project, the paper proceeds to views on the contents of Farmers’ Rights and experiences with their realization. It further outlines various avenues towards systemic implementation of Farmers’ Rights according to needs and priorities at the national level. Finally, remaining gaps and needs are identified and recommendations for the Governing Body are presented.