New website on Farmers’ Rights

October 18th, 2008

The Farmers’ Rights Project of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) in Norway has recently launched a new website. This website is about Farmers’ Rights 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. Thus, Farmers’ Rights are critical to ensuring the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture and consequently for food security – today and in the future. Farmers’ Rights are also a central means in the fight against rural poverty in developing countries.

The new website can be found at, and 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. It contains 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. There are also concrete recommendations on how to go about implementing Farmers’ Rights, 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 there are overviews of literature and organizations related to Farmers’ Rights, a calendar of coming events, and answers to ‘frequently asked questions’ (FAQ).

It is hoped that the website can provide much needed guidance as well as inspiration for the implementation of Farmers’ Rights around the world.