Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Research Helps Put Farmers' Rights on the Agenda

20.11.2007
On 1 November the Governing Body (GB) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) decided to collect views and experiences on Farmers' Rights implementation, with the view to promote their realization. Research conducted in the Farmers' Rights Project has been crucial in bringing about the decision.

This breakthrough in the promotion of Farmers' Rights to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture was the result of a process carried through by the Governments of Norway and Zambia together in cooperation with the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI). It included informal international consultations in Zambia in September, and a side event during the GB session in Rome. Research results from FNI's Farmers' Rights Project provided much of the basis for and input to the process.

The side event on the realization of Farmers' Rights and the role of the GB in Rome was attended by about 50 participants. Here, the organizers presented the report from the informal international consultations on Farmers' Rights that had been held in Zambia 18-20 September to prepare for the discussions in the GB. They also presented an input paper on Farmers' Rights from the Governments of Norway and Zambia, submitted to the GB for consideration during its discussions.

The Governing Body's resolution encourages countries to submit their views and experiences on the implementation of Farmers' Rights as set out in the Treaty, and requests the Secretariat to collect this as basis for an agenda item for consideration by the GB at the next session in 2009 to promote the realization of Farmers' Right. The resolution further confirms that the Governing Body will continue to include farmers' organizations in its work.

'Knowing where we came from, and the great uncertainty related to the role of the Governing Body in the implementation of Farmers' Rights, I see this resolution as a substantial step forwards. It establishes a role for the Governing Body and its Secretariat in the implementation of these rights, and provides a basis for steps to be taken at the national level,' says Project Leader of FNI's Farmers' Rights Project, Senior Research Fellow Regine Andersen.

'In addition, the explicit statement of inclusion of farmers' organizations in the work of the Governing Body marks an important step towards cooperation with important stakeholder groups for the realization of these rights,' Andersen says.

Claes Lykke Ragner | alfa
Further information:
http://www.fni.no/news/071119.html

More articles from Agricultural and Forestry Science:

nachricht Climate change, population growth may lead to open ocean aquaculture
05.10.2017 | Oregon State University

nachricht New machine evaluates soybean at harvest for quality
04.10.2017 | University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

All articles from Agricultural and Forestry Science >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Smart sensors for efficient processes

Material defects in end products can quickly result in failures in many areas of industry, and have a massive impact on the safe use of their products. This is why, in the field of quality assurance, intelligent, nondestructive sensor systems play a key role. They allow testing components and parts in a rapid and cost-efficient manner without destroying the actual product or changing its surface. Experts from the Fraunhofer IZFP in Saarbrücken will be presenting two exhibits at the Blechexpo in Stuttgart from 7–10 November 2017 that allow fast, reliable, and automated characterization of materials and detection of defects (Hall 5, Booth 5306).

When quality testing uses time-consuming destructive test methods, it can result in enormous costs due to damaging or destroying the products. And given that...

Im Focus: Cold molecules on collision course

Using a new cooling technique MPQ scientists succeed at observing collisions in a dense beam of cold and slow dipolar molecules.

How do chemical reactions proceed at extremely low temperatures? The answer requires the investigation of molecular samples that are cold, dense, and slow at...

Im Focus: Shrinking the proton again!

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, using high precision laser spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen, confirm the surprisingly small value of the proton radius determined from muonic hydrogen.

It was one of the breakthroughs of the year 2010: Laser spectroscopy of muonic hydrogen resulted in a value for the proton charge radius that was significantly...

Im Focus: New nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from seawater

Hybrid material converts more sunlight and can weather seawater's harsh conditions

It's possible to produce hydrogen to power fuel cells by extracting the gas from seawater, but the electricity required to do it makes the process costly. UCF...

Im Focus: Small collisions make big impact on Mercury's thin atmosphere

Mercury, our smallest planetary neighbor, has very little to call an atmosphere, but it does have a strange weather pattern: morning micro-meteor showers.

Recent modeling along with previously published results from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft -- short for Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

World Health Summit 2017: International experts set the course for the future of Global Health

10.10.2017 | Event News

Climate Engineering Conference 2017 Opens in Berlin

10.10.2017 | Event News

Conference Week RRR2017 on Renewable Resources from Wet and Rewetted Peatlands

28.09.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

A single photon reveals quantum entanglement of 16 million atoms

16.10.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

The melting ice makes the sea around Greenland less saline

16.10.2017 | Earth Sciences

On the generation of solar spicules and Alfvenic waves

16.10.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>