Pre-Conference | 21 - 22 September

Seed Ambassadors: Building an International Network to Advance Organic Seed Systems

Main Topics:
  • Celebrating culinary diversity and exploring the potential to breed for taste and flavor
  • Plant breeding methods, approaches, and models for supporting the transition to truly sustainable food systems
  • Participatory plant breeding and seeds as commons as tools to integrate biodiversity in society
  • Supporting the growth and success of the next generation of organic plant breeders and seed ambassadors
  • Innovating a systems approach for organic plant breeding to reflect IFOAM principles, addressing the needs of people and planet
Objectives:
  • Raise awareness on the importance of organic seed and plant breeding;
  • Engage young seed ambassadors and seed pioneers, build relationships and broaden international representation within the organic seed community;
  • Stimulate knowledge exchange and provide a think tank for innovating organic seed and breeding systems in line with IFOAM principles;
  • Broaden international representation within the organic seed community;
  • Revitalize and diversify IFOAM organic seed working groups;
  • Celebrate and share diversity of culture, food, seed, and methodologies;
Expected Outcomes:
  • Ensure an international network of culturally diverse organic seed actors across continents
  • Achieve a paradigm shift towards holistic and systems-based breeding as an alternative to the present seed monopoly
  • Recruit organic seed experts as facilitators for working groups under the umbrella of the IFOAM SEEDS Platform and for participation in ad hoc Seed working groups of the IFOAM Board
  • Establish a roadmap of prioritized actions for the next 3-5 years and develop plan for maintenance of the IFOAM SEEDS Platform
  • Develop a declaration and communication strategy for boosting organic seed and plant breeding.
Format:
  • Field tour of research and farm sites working on organic seed and plant breeding
  • Interactive culinary activities
  • Participatory Workshops
  • Facilitated group discussions
Key Info

Dates:
21 - 22 September 2020


Contact
Monika Messmer
FiBL/ECO-PB
monika.messmer@fibl.org


Language:
English with translation services in Spanish and French
Additional translation services may be available for up to 10 participants


Target Audiences:
International actors working in organic seed and plat breeding, such as;
NGOs;
Public and Private breeders;
Community seed networks;
Seed activists;
Young breeders and students;
Farmers