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The Bali Global Consultation on Farmers’ Rights formulates a list of recommendations


4 October 2016.- The Second Global Consultation on Farmers’ Rights, organized in Bali by Governments of Indonesia and Norway and with the support of Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), has formulated a broad list of recommendations on Farmers’ Rights which will become an input for the Seventh Session of the Governing Body of ITPGRFA.

The global event gathered 95 participants from 37 countries of Africa, Asia, the Near East, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and Europe. They met from 27 to 30 September to discuss and exchange views, experiences, best practises, and to identify gaps and needs related to the implementation of Farmers’ Rights as set out in the International Treaty. The participants were policy and legal experts, farmers, and representatives from governments, NGOs, the seed industry and international development organizations.

The Consultation drafted a list of recommendations that will be brought to the attention of the Governing Body at its Seven Session in 2017. Participants also identified a range of issues, which need closer consideration to support the further realization of Farmers’ Rights.

The Consultation highlighted that further work on the implementation of Article 9 of the Treaty will support smallholder farmers who make contribute to enhancing food and nutrition security, reduce poverty, and maintain agro-biodiversity.

“This Consultation has been instrumental in reshaping and forming a new set of recommendations based on global experiences. The effort to provide legal space for farmers’ seed systems is highly appreciated as they play a major role in many countries”, said Ms. Deepa Singh Shrestha, a participant from the Agricultural Research Council of Nepal.

The meeting, which also benefited from financial contributions from the Governments of Italy and Switzerland and a number of organizations, was organized in response to the invitation made by the Governing Body in 2015 for Contracting Parties and relevant organizations to take initiatives to convene regional workshops and other consultations.

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