Thursday, December 10, 2009
ONLINE RESOURCE: Farmers’ Rights Resources for Decision-Makers and Practitioners
The Farmers’ Rights website is about Farmers' Rights (FR) as they are addressed in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Farmers' Rights are basically about enabling farmers to continue their work as stewards and innovators of agricultural biodiversity, and about recognizing and rewarding them for their contribution to the global pool of genetic resources. The website has been developed as a tool for decision makers, practitioners, and others involved in the realization of Farmers' Rights. It is also intended as an information source for researchers and other interested individuals.
The website provides information on the history, legal status and contents of Farmers' Rights, on the state of implementation of these rights, and a comprehensive database on legislation and policies. You will find concrete recommendations on how to go about implementing Farmers' Rights in your own country, including a workshop module for free use and success stories from all over the world. The prospects for implementing Farmers' Rights internationally are also discussed, and you will find overviews of literature and organizations related to Farmers' Rights, a calendar of coming events, and answers to 'frequently asked questions' (FAQ).