«It is our pleasure to send you the latest report from the Farmers’ Rights Project at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI); the report from the Global Consultations on Farmers’ Rights in 2010. This consultation process consisted of both an e-mail based survey and an international consultation conference with regional components held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and was organized in response to Resolution 6/2009 of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, which called for regional workshops on Farmers’ Rights. Please find the report through one of the links below.
The results of the Global Consultations on Farmers’ Rights have also been summarized in an input paper submitted by Ethiopia to the Secretariat of the International Treaty which has been circulated to all Contracting Parties of the Treaty (IT/GB-4/11/Circ.1). This input paper also contains recommendations from the regional groups of the consultation conference, and joint recommendations to the Governing Body from the conference. Please find links to the input paper below.
The results of the Global Consultations on Farmers’ Rights in 2010 will be presented at a side event to be held during the Fourth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty in Bali on Tuesday 15 March, 18:00 pm in the ‘Frangipani’ meeting room. This side event will be chaired by Kassahun Embaye, Ethiopia, and presentations will be held by Regine Andersen, Norway; Maria Cecilia Vieira, Brazil; Zachary Muthamia, Kenya; Lim Eng Siang, Malaysia; Annette von Lossau, Germany; and Modesto Fernández Diaz-Silveira, Cuba. The organizers hope that those of you attending GB4 will have the opportunity to attend. Please find the link to the side event invitation below.
The Global Consultations Conference on Farmers’ Rights was hosted by the Institute of Biodiversity Conservation (IBC), Ethiopia, and organized by the FNI. The consultations were made possible with the financial support of the Swedish International Biodiversity Programme (SwedBio), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Development Fund, Norway, and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). The FNI wishes to thank all of the above, as well as the survey respondents and conference participants, for their participation, support and collaboration.
The documents can be found through these links:
The input paper IT/GB-4/11/Circ.1 (English):
The input paper IT/GB-4/11/Circ.1 (Spanish):
The input paper IT/GB-4/11/Circ.1 (French):
The invitation to the side event:
Whereas FNI Report 1/2011 presents the main findings from the e-mail based survey that constituted phase 1 of the Global Consultations on Farmers’ Rights, a full report with the details from this survey is being finalized and will soon be made available.»
Regine Andersen (Dr. Polit) Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Farmers’ Rights Project
Fridtjof Nansen Institute P.O Box 326 1326 Lysaker Norway