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UNIDROIT/FAO/IFAD Legal Guide on Contract Farming


The UNIDROIT/FAO/IFAD Legal Guide on Contract Farming is an important resource for designing contract farming arrangements. It provides advice and guidance on the entire relationship, from negotiation to conclusion, including performance and possible breach or termination of the contract. The Guide provides a description of common contract terms and a discussion of legal issues and critical problems that may arise under various practical situations, illustrating how they may be treated under different legal systems. In so doing, the Guide aims to promote a better understanding of the legal implications of contract terms and practices. It promotes more stable and balanced relationships and assists parties in designing and implementing sound contracts, thereby generally contributing to building a conducive environment for contract farming. While the Guide does not promote one form of contract over others, it can serve as key reference material for parties assessing their legal position and the options available to them during contract negotiations and performance, thereby securing their position in the supply chain, and helping to maximize their negotiating position in financial and economic terms.

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