International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Farmers' Rights

The progress made by the Governing Body on Farmers’ Rights

There has been an increasing awareness on the need to promote the realization of Farmers’ Rights. The growing awareness and importance of the implementation of Farmers’ Rights has been addressed at each session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty. For an overview and historical developments and discussion on Farmers’ Rights, click here.

In 2017, at its Seventh Session, the Governing Body decided to establish the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Farmers' Rights (AHTEG or Expert Group). The Expert Group is mandated to “produce an inventory of national measures that may be adopted, best practices and lessons learned from the realization of Farmers’ Rights”, and “based on the inventory, to develop options for encouraging, guiding and promoting the realization of Farmers’ Rights as set out in Article 9 of the International Treaty”.

In 2019, at its Eight Session, the Governing Body welcomed the Inventory of national measures, best practices and lessons learned from the realization of Farmers’ Rights, as set out in Article 9 of the International Treaty (Inventory) as produced by the Expert Group with the support of the Secretariat of the International Treaty.

The Inventory presents the range of measures and practices for the realization of Farmers’ Rights. The Inventory is developed in a simple manner, user-friendly, and conceived as a ‘rolling document’.

The establishment of the AHTEG represents a milestone in the discussion on Farmers’ Rights in the Governing Body sessions, underlining the importance the Governing Body is giving to support and facilitate the implementation of Article 9, and to provide advice to Contracting Parties with regard to the process and practical options for implementation.

Latest recommendation from the Governing Body on the implementation of Farmers’ Rights, please click here.

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