Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Farmers' right in U.S history

Regine Andersen
The farmers were hard work.
     Thomas Gehring: Institutional Interaction: Enhancing Cooperation and Preventing Conflicts Between International And European Environmental Institutions (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press). Ruiz, Manuel (1999): Protecting Indigenous Peoples Knowledge: A Policy and Legal Perspective from Peru, Policy and Law Series, No. 3 (Lima: SPDA). Smale, Melinda (ed.) (1998): Farmers, Gene Banks and Crop Breeding. Economic Analyses of Diversity in Wheat, Maize and Rice (Boston/ Dordrecht/ London: Kluwer Academic). Toledo, Alvaro (2002): ‘Saving the Seed: Europe’s Challenge’, Seedling, April 2002 (Barcelona: GRAIN).
     As outlined in the summaries above, the wide range of documentation and literature on farmers’ rights can provide insights into the potentials and possibilities for the realization of farmers’ rights, as well as the difficulties that may be encountered. This source of experience, insights and reflections offers a valuable point of departure for translating the concept of farmers’ rights into feasible policies, strategies and programmes.
More work is, however, required to systematise the experience into building blocks for this purpose and to help to transform and develop the insights into practical steps.
     The findings from this study will be further deepened in the case studies of the Farmers’ Rights Project. On this basis, together with the findings from the other background studies of the project, we will derive final conclusions in the synthesis report.
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