At its 94th session, on Wednesday 6 May 2015, the UNIDROIT Governing Council considered and approved the UNIDROIT/FAO/IFAD Legal Guide on Contract Farming.
The Council unanimously praised the high quality of the work, and commended the Working Group (including The Foundation of Continental Law) for the outcome of its deliberations.
The Council endorsed the Secretariat’s proposal that UNIDROIT continue to pay attention to the private law aspects of agriculture. It agreed in particular that Recommendations should be drafted as an accompanying document to the Legal Guide on Contract Farming and submitted to the Working Group for approval. It also agreed that the Secretariat should collaborate with FAO and IFAD’s initiatives for the implementation and dissemination of the Guide, within UNIDROIT’s mandate and subject to available resources.

The publication of the UNIDROIT/FAO/IFAD Legal Guide on Contract Farming approved by the Unidroit Governing Council on 6 May 2015, was released on 28 July 2015 at a launch event in the presence of Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria, Unidroit Secretary General, Mr Antonio Tavares, FAO Legal Counsel, Ms Eugenia Serova, FAO Director of Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS), and Mr Gerard Sanders, IFAD General Counsel, representing the three organizations co-authors of the Guide.

You may access the electronic version of the pdf file of the UNIDROIT/FAO/IFAD Legal Guide on Contract Farming through this link.

A press release, the pdf version of the Legal Guide and other information on the Contract Farming Project are accessible on the following Unidroit webpage: http://www.unidroit.org/work-in-progress-studies/current-studies/contract-farming.