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Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources: Success Stories and Best Practices

Edited by: Regine Andersen, Tone Winge

ISBN13: 9780415643849
Published: June 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Farmers' rights are essential for maintaining crop genetic diversity, which is the basis of all food and agricultural production in the world. The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture recognizes Farmers' rights and provides for relevant measures. However, implementation is slow, and in many countries there is resistance.

This book shows the necessity of realizing Farmers' rights for poverty alleviation and food security, the practical possibilities of doing so, and the potential gains for development and society at large. It provides decision-makers and practitioners with a conceptual framework for understanding Farmers' rights and success stories showing how each of the elements of Farmers' rights can be realized in practice. Such success stories have brought substantial achievements as regards one or more of the four elements of Farmers' rights: the rights of farmers to save, use, exchange and sell farm-saved seed; the protection of traditional knowledge; benefit- sharing; and participation in decision-making. These examples are not perfect, but challenges encountered on the way also offer important lessons. They represent different regions and localities, including Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as various categories of stakeholders and types of initiatives and policies.

Agricultural Law
Part 1: Introduction
1. Crop Genetic Diversity and Farmers' Rights Regine Andersen
2. What Constitutes a Success Story in the Context of Farmers' Rights? Regine Andersen and Tone Winge

Part 2: Success Stories from the Realization of Farmers' Rights to Save, Use, Exchange and Sell Farm-saved Seed
3. Norway's Path to Ensuring Farmers' Rights in the European Context Regine Andersen
4. Conservation of Local Varieties in the Basque Country in Spite of Legal Restrictions Tone Winge and Helen Groome
5. Combining Farmers' Rights and Plant Variety Protection in the Indian Law Tone Winge, Regine Andersen and Anitha Ramanna-Pathak

Part 3: Success Stories from the Protection of Traditional Knowledge
6. Cataloguing Potato Varieties and Traditional Knowledge from the Andean Highlands of Huancavelica, Peru Maria Scurrah, Stef de Haan and Tone Winge
7. A Community Registry in the Philippines Regine Andersen, Teresita H. Borromeo and Nestor C. Altoveros

Part 4: Success Stories from the Realization of Farmers' Rights to Participate in Benefit Sharing
8. Participatory Barley Breeding in Syria Salvatore Ceccarelli, Stefania Grando and Tone Winge
9. Benefiting from Diversity in Nepal Tone Winge, Regine Andersen and Pratap Shrestha
10. Community Seed Fairs in Zimbabwe Robert Chakanda, Andrew Mushita and Tone Winge
11. Farmer Innovation in Tigray, Ethiopia Fetien Abay, Asmund Bjornstad and Tone Winge
12. Capacity Building and Farmer Empowerment in Mali Mamadou Goita, Modibo Goita, Mohamed Coulibaly and Tone Winge
13. The Hiroshima Agricultural Gene Bank: Re-introducing Local Varieties, Maintaining Traditional Knowledge Yoshiaki Nishikawa and Tone Winge

Part 5: Success Stories from Farmers' Participation in Decision-making
14. Advocacy for Farmers' Rights in Nepal Tone Winge, Kamalesh Adhikari and Regine Andersen

Part 6: Ways Forward
15. Future Prospects for the Realization of Farmers' Rights Regine Andersen and Tone Winge