We will, however, first have a brief look at earlier FAO discussions and decisions relevant for understanding the context, starting with 1983. Then we will proceed to four relevant meetings in 1986 and 1987. Documents from these meetings show that opinion differed as to the concept of Farmers' Rights and whether and how to give it recognition. However, various considerations and practical solutions were suggested already at this point (particularly in 1987), and these were more or less reflected in later discussions, in the literature and in the final recognition of Farmers' Rights in the International Treaty. The negotiations in 1987 can be said to form the foundation for all further negotiations on Farmers' Rights, and provided substantial input to the framing of our current understanding of the concept.