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What Should Farmers’ Rights Look Like? The Possible Substance of a Right

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UQ Law School/School of Social Science, University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia
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Griffith Law School, Griffith University, Southport, QLD 4222, Australia
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Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 04281, USA
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School of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia
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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Kensington, NSW 2052, Australia
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School of Law and Society, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore DC, QLD 4558, Australia
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Academic Editors: Niels P. Louwaars and Bram de Jonge
Agronomy 2021, 11(2), 367; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11020367
Received: 14 December 2020 / Revised: 19 January 2021 / Accepted: 14 February 2021 / Published: 18 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Role of Policies in Plant Breeding—Rights and Obligations)
Farmers’ Rights formally appeared in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) as a means of recognising the past, present, and future contributions of farmers in conserving, improving, and making available the plant genetic materials that are important for food and agriculture. Discussions have been underway under the auspices of the ITPGRFA’s Governing Body with the recent Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Farmers’ Rights (AHTEG-FR) collecting together views, experiences, and best practices to produce an inventory and options for encouraging, guiding, and promoting the realisation of Farmers’ Rights. While this is useful, this article reports on the outcomes of a workshop that applied a different methodology. Our purpose was to identify what could be and should be the substance of Farmers’ Rights so that the policy substance drives the implementation rather than the AHTEG-FR’s retro-fitting Farmers’ Rights to existing views, best practices, and measures. The contribution of this article is to develop and set out a list of possible substantive Farmers’ Rights as a contribution and foundation for further consultations and negotiations. View Full-Text
Keywords: Farmers’ Rights; ITPGRFA; justice; equity; AHTEG-FR; substantive rights Farmers’ Rights; ITPGRFA; justice; equity; AHTEG-FR; substantive rights
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Adhikari, K.; Bikundo, E.; Chacko, X.; Chapman, S.; Humphries, F.; Johnson, H.; Keast, E.; Lawson, C.; Malbon, J.; Robinson, D.; Rourke, M.; Sanderson, J.; Tranter, K. What Should Farmers’ Rights Look Like? The Possible Substance of a Right. Agronomy 2021, 11, 367. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11020367

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Adhikari K, Bikundo E, Chacko X, Chapman S, Humphries F, Johnson H, Keast E, Lawson C, Malbon J, Robinson D, Rourke M, Sanderson J, Tranter K. What Should Farmers’ Rights Look Like? The Possible Substance of a Right. Agronomy. 2021; 11(2):367. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11020367

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Adhikari, Kamalesh; Bikundo, Edwin; Chacko, Xan; Chapman, Susannah; Humphries, Fran; Johnson, Hope; Keast, Evan; Lawson, Charles; Malbon, Justin; Robinson, Daniel; Rourke, Michelle; Sanderson, Jay; Tranter, Kieran. 2021. "What Should Farmers’ Rights Look Like? The Possible Substance of a Right" Agronomy 11, no. 2: 367. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11020367

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