Regine AndersenResearch Director at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute
Regine Andersen is Research Director at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), Norway, and engaged in the research on the international, national and local governance of seed and plant genetic resources for food and agriculture with a particular focus on farmers’ rights in this regard
Riccardo BocciManager Director of Rete Semi Rurali
MSc in Agriculture, University of Florence he is the managing director of the Italian farmers’ seed network“Rete Semi Rurali. On behalf of Rete Semi Rurali he has been working on the following H2020 EU projects DIVERSIFOOD, DYNAVERSITY, LIVESEED, CERERE. He has been one of the five European experts on the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Farmers’ Rights and vice chair of the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on Sustainable Use (ACSU) under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). He has participated to the working group that delivered the Italian Guidelines for the Conservation of PGRFA, coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Options for the realization of Farmers’ Rights under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture – a European approach?
Main objective of the workshop:
The first aim is to communicate a comprehensive set of options for the realisation of Farmers’ Rights that have been developed under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and explore how these options may be further developed in Europe. A second aim is to discuss a possible strategy for the negotiation on Farmers’ Rights at the next session of the Plant Treaty’s Governing Body in November.
Short description of the workshop
There are many ways to shape the realisation of Farmers’ Rights related to seed and crop genetic resources. Under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture a set of 11 categories with all together 32 options have been developed which provide guidance in this regard. For each option there is an explanation and several examples illustrating how it can be done.
At the workshop, we will present the options with emphasis on those of them that are most relevant in a European context. We will then organise a world café group work to explore how the most relevant options for Europe can be further developed, before summarising our findings in a plenary for the groups where a European approach to the options will be discussed.
In a final part of the workshop we will discuss strategy for the next session of the Governing Body of the Plant Treaty, which will take place in Rome in November. For this purpose, we will briefly present the results from a Global Consultation on Farmers’ Rights that has by then taken place in New Delhi, India, in September, and where strategic issues relating to the further promotion of Farmers’ Rights under the Plant Treaty are on the agenda.