Join us at the E-Discussion on "Rights of Farmers for Data, Information and Knowledge" starting the 20th October!

E-Discussion on "Rights of Farmers for Data, Information and Knowledge"

20th October – 6th November 2014

CIARD with support from GFAR Secretariat and FAO are organizing an E-Discussion between 20 October to 6 November 2014 for global participation on the CIARD E-discussion Forum on the Rights of Farmers to Data, information and knowledge.

The E-discussion will discuss:

  1. What do we mean by the rights of smallholder farmers to data, information and knowledge?
  2. How do farmers benefit and lose from these rights or the lack of them?
  3. What is the state of the recognition of these rights by the international community and their implementation in different parts of the world?
  4. How should these rights be implemented and protected?
  5. What should be done to include farmers in the mechanisms of data, information of knowledge management to ensure that their rights are included, implemented and protected institutionally and through technology?

The outputs from the E-discussion and supplementary research will be used to develop a briefing paper for policy makers, actors and stakeholders published through CIARD and GFAR as also in advocacy by GFAR and FAO on the rights of farmers to data, information and knowledge. All contributors to the discussion will be acknowledged in outputs from this E-Discussion.

More information at

  1. Participation
  2. How to register
  3. Facilitators
  4. Terms of use

CIARD and the facilitators invite all interested to participate and contribute to this discussion.


mahesh chander (India)

The crop varieties are not only being developed by scientists from academic & research institutions but a good number of them are developed by farmers or innovators from informal systems. The question arise, the researchers take benefits in terms of awards/promotions,incentives for their efforts in variety development, what a farmer breeder gets ? how does they maintain record of their achievements. Also, it is noticed that the scientists at times stake claims on the variety developed by farmers once they see the variety has become popular among farming community. The farmers often lack the facility of record/data maintenance, nor they publish papers on their achievements. In India, the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Right Act, 2001 (PPVFR Act) was enacted on October 30, 2001. to provide for the establishment of an effective system for protection of plant varieties, the rights of farmers and plant breeders, and to encourage the development and cultivation of new varieties of plants ( To what extent PPVFR Act has been successful in achieving its objectives? what is the level of participation of farmers in this activity. There is need to sensitize farmers about this act in large scale to extend benefits to farmers in real sense. The large network of KVKs in India can be helpful in raising awareness of farmers on the matter.