SUMMER SCHOOL: Participatory Plant Breeding & Resilient Seed Systems

Whithin DYNAVERSITY we are organizing a summer school on

Participatory Plant Breeding & Resilient Seed Systems

Sunday 16 – Friday 21 August 2020


Preliminary programme

Sunday afternoon (before dinner) the course starts off with an introduction lecture by Salvatore Ceccarelli (Rete Semi Rurali, Italy).
After dinner there will be a poster carousel in which participants present themselves, their research and interest in the course (5 – 10 minutes) after which there is 5-10 minutes for discussion.

From Monday – Thursday, each morning starts with 3 – 4 lectures (30 – 45 minutes each), followed by a 30-minute discussion convened by 2 – 3 participants:

Monday 17 August – Technical Breeding aspects

  • Veronique Chable (INRA – Rennes, Dynaversity)
  • Monica Messmer (FiBL-CH, Liveseed)
  • Baloua Nebie (ICRISAT – Burkino Faso/Mali)

Tuesday 18 August – Involving actors of the value chain

  • Martha Willcox (Cimmyt – Mexico, GAFF)
  • Jane Rabinowics (USC – Canada, GAFF) To be confirmed
  • Margret McEwan (OFSP – Africa, RTB) 

Wednesday 19 August – Creating innovative seed systems

  • Conny Almekinders (WUR, RTB Africa)
  • Edith Lammerts van Bueren (WUR)
  • Eva Weltzien (University of Wisconsin)

Thursday 20 August – Policy options

  • Bert Visser (Oxfam Novib)
  • Margaret McEwan (OFSP – Africa, RTB)
  • Marja Thijssen/Abishkar Subedi (WUR, ISSD Africa) To be confirmed
  • Riccardo Bocci (RSR, Dynaversity)

In the afternoons, participants will work in small groups on a project proposal related to PPB supporting a seed system intervention perspective, and do literature research.
On Wednesday afternoon a field exersion will be organised.