Report of the 12th Let’s Liberate Diversity! Forum in Dublin and a glimpse into the Future LLD! Forum in France

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

We are thrilled to share the highlights and accomplishments of the 12th edition of the Let’s Liberate Diversity Forum (LLD Forum), which took place at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, from October 26th to 28th, 2023.

Organized by the European Coordination Let’s Liberate Diversity! (EC-LLD), this event marked a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to promote the dynamic management of agricultural biodiversity. The EC-LLD draws its roots from the annual Let’s Liberate Diversity Forum, which commenced in 2005 in Poitiers, France. Over the past 18 years, these forums have evolved into pivotal gatherings, advocating for the dynamic management of plant genetic resources to diversify our food systems and value chains.

The LLD! Forum in Dublin

The 12th edition of the forum, hosted at Trinity College in collaboration with the Irish Seed Savers Association (ISSA), witnessed a remarkable convergence of knowledge, experience, and expertise. With over 100 participants from 59 organizations across 29 different countries, the Forum brought together a diverse group of farmers, breeders, scientists, civil society organizations, and citizens who shared a common vision of a resilient and diverse food system.

Let’s Liberate Diversity! Forum Program Highlights

The program was rich and diverse, featuring 15 workshops and plenary sessions covering key issues such as policy and legislations, New Breeding Techniques (NBTs), Seed Marketing Reform, Farmers’ Rights, Culinary Breeding, and Seed Quality. The collaborative spirit of the forum fostered an ideal setting for individuals and organizations to unite, exchange knowledge, and take actions towards a future where diversity isn’t only celebrated but also managed and utilized sustainably.

Beyond intellectual exchanges and workshops, the forum provided ample opportunities for networking, collaboration, and relationship building. Attendees connected during social dinners and explored firsthand the practical applications of dynamic seed management through field visits and seed exchanges.

Registration to the LLD! Forum in Dublin
Registration to the LLD! Forum in Dublin

The Next Chapter: the 13th Edition of the LLD! Forum in France

Looking ahead, we are excited to announce that the next edition of the Let’s Liberate Diversity Forum is scheduled to take place in France in October 2024. As we reflect on the success of the Dublin Forum, we are energized and committed to continuing the mission of promoting diversity in our food systems.

Bringing Diversity Back into our Food System:

As expressed in the slogan of the 12th edition, “Let’s bring Diversity back into our Food System,” we firmly believe that the dynamic management of agrobiodiversity is not just a response to crises but a foundation for a flourishing and sustainable agrifood system. Diversity, both ecological and cultural, is the catalyst for transformative solutions, fostering social cohesion and cultural enrichment.

Stay tuned for updates on the upcoming edition in France and continue to be part of the movement to bring diversity back into our food system.

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