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12-11: Model Agreement for Responsible Contract Farming
Friday, 23/Mar/2018:
9:00am - 10:30am

Session Chair: Sarah Brewin, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Switzerland
Location: MC 4-100


Model Agreement for Responsible Contract Farming

Sarah Brewin, Carin Smaller, Mohamed Coulibaly, Francine Picard

International Institute for Sustainable Development

The Model Agreement for Responsible Contract Farming provides a simple and practical legal tool to support in the implementation of the global principles and guidelines adopted by international institutions to improve the governance of land, agriculture and food systems. It is designed to address some of the current inequalities existing in contract farming schemes that disadvantage producers and help create more equitable and sustainable business relationships.

The more recent growth of contract farming is largely linked to transformations in food and agriculture systems, with increasingly integrated global supply chains. Furthermore, contract farming has gained prominence in the last few years, as an alternative business model to large-scale farmland investments (sometimes referred to as “land grabs”) that have proven so controversial.

The proposed model agreement is based on the UNIDROIT/FAO/IFAD Legal Guide on Contract Farming and provides model provisions that can be used by the producer and the buyer.