Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity

20 - 22 September 2013. Basel, Switzerland. This forum was organized by the European Coordination: Let's Liberate Diversity (EC-LLD) with ProSpecieRara in cooperation with partner organizations in Switzerland, including SwissAid, Bern Declaration, Vogelwarte Sempach, Kleinbauern-Vereinigung Schweiz, Sativa Rhienau AG, IP-Suisse and SAG.

This year the forum devoted special attention to practices - 'from planting to plate' -which contribute to the sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity as outlined in the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).

Issues addressed in the workshops included:
  • participatory breeding in support of food sovereignty, 
  • internal rules of functioning for community-based seed systems
  • and tools for the on-farm management of agricultural biodiversity.  
  • The long neglected issue of livestock diversity was addressed as well.
European seed legislation

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