International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Options for the Realization of Farmers’ Rights now Available Online


Rome, Italy, 20 February 2023 – The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has published a list of options for the realization of Farmers Rights on its website, and is available in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.

“Contracting Parties are invited to consider the full range of options for implementing Farmers' Rights at the national level, in accordance with their context, needs and priorities, and as appropriate,” said Kent Nnadozie, Secretary of the International Treaty.

The list of “Options for encouraging, guiding and promoting the realization of Farmers’ Right, as set out in Article 9 of the International Treaty” is a compilation of best practices shared by Contracting Parties (members) and other stakeholders of the International Treaty. The List of Options comprises more than 30 options, and is presented under the 11 categories of measures and practices contained in the Inventory on Farmers’ Rights. Each category contains more than one option, a list of examples with a link to the original submission, an explanation of the option, and what types of measures may typically be involved.

The List of Options and the Inventory itself were developed by the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Farmers’ Rights,drawing on the experiences of Contracting Parties and stakeholders.

The International Treaty is the first legally binding international agreement to explicitly acknowledge the immense contribution of smallholder farmers and local and indigenous communities in developing and conserving the crop diversity that feeds the world. Article 9 of the International Treaty is dedicated to Farmers’ Rights, and calls upon all nations to promote and protect Farmers’ Rights.

The International Treaty currently comprises 150 Contracting Parties, including the European Union.


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