From 17 to 19 April 2018 the LIVESEED partners met in Valencia at the Polytechnic University of Valencia to discuss the project activities.
During the last months the project partners have visited Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania to understand, evaluate and analyse the current state of organic seed in the countries. National project partners have organised meetings with the ministry, certifiers, seed producers and organic farmers. Information has been exchanged on the practices, problems and opportunities regarding organic seed.
The abstract booklet of the joint meeting of the EUCARPIA Section, Organic and Low-Input Agriculture, ECO-PB, LIVESEED, INSUSFAR,DIVERSify, HealthyMinorCereals, ReMIX, and Wheatamix is published. From 19 to 21 February 2018 about 100 researchers and breeders met at University of Kassel,Witzenhausen, Germany. LIVESEED organised the breeders day with presentations of: Getreidezüchtungsforschung Darzau, Dottenfelderhof, Sativa, Bingenheimer Saatgut, Aegilops, Vitalis, Bejo. Find the abstract booklet in our list of publications.
The leaflet of the LIVESEED leaflet is now available in these languages: English, Bulgarian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish. Our aim is to promote the use of organic seed and improve the transparency and competitiveness of the organic seed and breeding sector. Read what LIVESEED does in your native language and share it with interested seed producers, farmers, advisors and relevant actors. IFOAM EU is coordinator of this research project and is highly involved in organizing national visits and workshops in Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Latvia, Spain, Italy, Poland. If you want to get involved or
Greek partner of LIVESEED, AEGILOPS – Network for Biodiversity and Ecology in Agriculture organizes a workshop within the framework of the 27th Agrotica ( International Fair for Agricultural Machinery Equipment and Supplies ) at Thessaloniki , on Sunday 4.2.2018, from 16.30-19.00 pm, (N Germanos Congress Center, Hall D): “Present and future for organic seed in Greece and Europe” The workshop is being organized within the LIVESEED project, in which AEGILOPS participates as a partner, and is addressing the scientific and business world active in the field of organicagriculture. The purpose of the event is to explore the potential of
Port Townsend, WA – Organic Seed Alliance (OSA), along with co-hosts Washington State University, Oregon State University, and eOrganic, will hold the 9th Organic Seed Growers Conference in Corvallis, Oregon, from February 14-17, 2018. The conference features more than 60 experts in the fields of organic seed production, breeding, and policy. The gathering includes a full agenda of presentations, panel discussions, and networking events around the theme of Synergy that Sustains, emphasizing the important role that collaborative networks play in advancing organic seed. The event begins with two full days of pre-conference intensives and a tour of seed production in the Willamette Valley.
At the organic fair in Nuremberg form 14 – 17 February LIVESEED organises a workshop on organic seed use: Thursday 15th February 11 – 11.45h; Room Budapest. The workshop will be co-organised by IFOAM EU (Eric Gall) and Bionext (Maaike Raaijmakers). The workshop presents diverse situations regarding organic seed use and policy in EU countries which has been analysed. The focus will be on regions where shortcomings have been identified in the organic breeding and seed sector. Speakers from Hungary (Dóra Drexler, ÖMKi), Spain (Álvaro Barrera Fernández, Ecovalia) and Greece (Kostas Koutis, Aegilops) will present their view on how to
19-21 February 2018 – University of Kassel, Witzenhausen, Germany Various national and international projects aim at exploiting the benefits of species mixtures to design productive, diversified, resilient and environmentally friendly agro-ecological cropping systems less dependent on external inputs than current systems and acceptable to farmers and actors in the agri-food chain. Inter- or intra-species diversity can enhance water and nutrient use efficiency and improve the control of pests, diseases and weeds, while increasing crop productivity and resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses, including those triggered by climate change. Species mixtures can lead to reduced use of fossil energy and chemical
Establishing alternatives to seed monopolies 19 October 2017, Brussels – Market concentration in the seed sector is growing incessantly. Demanding better seed policies is not enough to stop this trend. Strategies and practical alternatives to counter further privatising and monopolisation of seed are needed to save the basis of our food system. Speakers and participants of the conference “Seed as Commons” have introduced and discussed such strategies today in Brussels. Johannes Wirz, Researcher, Section for Agriculture – Goetheanum, Switzerland, presented the newly released study ‘Seeds a Commons’ explaining that non-profit organic breeders have the expert knowledge to develop locally adapted
Experts from LIVESEED Project had visit to Baltic States from 5th to 12th September, 2017 and met authorities dealing with organic farming. The aim of the meetings was enquiring the situation on implementation of regulations on organic seed and to clarify how the data on produced seed are managed and used. During the visit organic farmers were interviewed with the aim to get to know what motivates farmers to use organic seed. Project experts thank all persons who supported the visit, provided the information and shared their expertise – authorities from the Ministries of Agriculture, people responsible for seed data