WP1 – Regulation & policy framework regarding production, use, and transparency of organic seed
The challenge: Addressing legislative gaps to facilitate information flow on organic seed availability
There is a lack of transparency within the EU organic seed market and poor implementation of EU legislation requirements on a national level. According to the EU marketing requirements on Plant Reproductive Material, plant varieties for which organic seeds are on the market need to be registered and each country should maintain an up-to-date database of all available seeds, organic seed producers and production based on organic seeds. These databases are, however, not fully updated and sometimes do not even exist in certain EU countries, making it difficult to know what seeds are available. Furthermore, while there is data on the number of derogations granted in each country, detailed information on the number of producers that actually use organic seeds and the amount of production based on organic seeds is missing. This results in inadequate information on organic seed availability for producers but also for policy-makers, making it difficult to arrive at evidence-based policies and solutions for incentivising the use of organic seeds.
Transparency within the EU organic seed market and implementation of EU legislation requirements on a national level need to be improved. In order to understand how to best approach these, we first need sufficient information on available seed. Thus, WP1 will conduct comprehensive studies on the production and use of organic seed, legal frameworks applied in the different EU Member States, functionality of seed databases and the demand of seed suppliers and seed users. National seed expert groups on organic seed will be initiated where they are missing and best practice models will be disseminated among countries. LIVESEED will then build an infrastructure (a router database) that facilitates information exchange on seeds at the EU level.
- D1.1 Video to promote organic seed use (T1.2)
- D1.9 Report on Political Obstacles and Bottlenecks on the Implementation of the Rules for Organic Seed in the Organic Regulation (former M1.9)
Other outcomes and results
- Task 1.2.1: Country Reports on the National Visits (2017-2018)
- Task 1.4.1: Reports of the Regional/National Workshops (2019)
- Task 1.4.2: National Progress reports (from 2020)