Organic seed and breeding sector: stakeholder survey

This 12th edition, hosted at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, in collaboration with the Irish Seed Savers Association (ISSA), was a remarkable convergence of knowledge, experience, and expertise. Held from October 26th to 28th, it brought together over 100 participants who shared a common vision of a diverse and resilient food system. Participants included farmers, breeders, scientists, civil society organizations, and citizens.

The program was rich and diverse, featuring 15 workshops and plenary sessions covering a wide array of topics, ranging from key issues on policy and legislation, including New Breeding Techniques (NBTs), the critical aspects of Seed Marketing Reform, and Farmers’ Rights, to sessions dedicated to Culinary Breeding and Seed Quality. But the forum went beyond intellectual exchanges and workshops. Following the spirit of EC-LLD to serve as a platform to foster exchange and promote action, it provided ample opportunities for networking, collaboration, and relationship building. Attendees had the chance to connect during social dinners and explore firsthand the practical applications of dynamic seed management through field visits and seeds exchange

The EU project Liveseeding is researching which obstacles are in the way of the horizontal proliferation (scale-out) and scale-up of organic seed and cultivar testing in the EU. The objective of this exercise is to develop business models and plans for SMEs to boost the horizontal proliferation, scaling-up and profitability of the organic seed and breeding sector.

In order to obtain the best possible understanding of the realities in the field, the project is looking for input from:

  • organic seed producers and traders: farmers and small, medium and large-scale companies that produce/trade seeds
  • conventional seed producers and traders that plan to produce/trade organic seeds in the future: farmers and small, medium and large-scale companies that produce/trade seeds

The main aims of the survey are to find out which technical, economic and regulatory challenges organic seed producers face and to analyse any market opportunities that new organic trends may be offering for the next few years.

The survey consists of 50 questions, takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is available in English plus a number of national languages:

Deadline: 31st May 2023