Results from an international stakeholder survey on farmers’ rights
The survey gives an overview of the state of realisation of farmers rights which shows that, despite the huge challenges ahead, efforts are already underway with regard to all issues addressed as farmers rights in the International Treaty. This indicates that there is already an opportunity for learning and for deriving models and success stories. The survey highlights the most important barriers to the realisation of farmers rights, as perceived by the respondents, and pinpoints at the same time options for overcoming them. One of the barriers is the diffuse understanding of the concept of farmers rights. The survey compiles different interpretations and develops a common ground for the understanding and communication of farmers rights.
The survey further identifies institutions and experts working for the realisation of these rights, and indicates the potentials for pooling resources towards this goal. It indicates a potential path for the Governing Body to promote farmers rights while respecting the freedom of countries to choose ways and means according to their needs and priorities. This path has broad support among the respondents. The findings will be further deepened in the other background studies of The Farmers Rights Project. On this basis, conclusions will be derived in the final report from the project. [adapted from author]