Farmers’ Seeds

The European Coordination on Farmers’ Seeds

At the first European Forum Let’s Liberate Diversity! in Poitiers, France, the idea has emerged on the creation of a European network committed to the conservation and renewal of crop biodiversity in farms and gardens. First, an informal network has been established with the aim to organize exchanges among different countries / partners and develop joint strategies at the European level. The next meetings helped to crystallize the political foundations of the European network. The development of the charter containing the network?s political principles is underway.

The main objectives of the European Coordination for Farmers’ Seeds – Let’s Liberate Diversity! are:

Exchanging information and experiences between member organizations at the European level as well as partners outside of Europe, particularly in the Mediterranean region.
Strengthening initiatives at the national level through networking at the European level
Developing common positions and advocacy directed towards the European Commission and various international institutions, including the secretariat of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Informing the public

The European Coordination’s member organisations have been working on two main common activities :

The organisation of a Regional European Workshop on Farmers’ Rights and the Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture on February 24, 2011 in Szeged, Hungary, prior to the European Forum Let’s Liberate Diversity! (for more information, visit the Coordination – Farmers’ Rights page)

The drafting of a common position paper on the European Commission’s review of seed legislation in Europe under the framework of the Better Regulation process (for more information, visit the Coordination – Better Regulation page)

Let’s Liberate Diversity!

The 6th European forum “Let’s Liberate Diversity!” on agricultural biodiversity took place on February 25-26, 2011 in Szeged, Hungary.

At the plenary session on February 26, 20011 the DECLARATION OF SZEGED was adopted. The declaration highlights the contributions of farmers to the development and renewal of agricultural biodiversity in Europe and calls on national governments, the European Union and Contracting Parties at the 4th Governing Body meeting of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, held in in Bali, Indonesia to make concrete progress in the implemenatio  of Farmers’ Rights and the Sustainable Use of PGRFA.  (click to read entire declaration and list of signatories)

The Let’s Liberate Diversity! forums are the annual gatherings of farmers’ organisations and associations working on agricultural biodiversity in Europe.

The 2011 edition of the forum will be held in Szeged, Hungary, during the Hungarian presidency of the European Union. Its central theme will be the question of Farmers’ Rights related to the conservation, sustainable use and development of agricultural biodiversity.

The forum is addressed to farmers, gardeners, seed artisans, bakers and processors of products derived from agricultural biodiversity, civil society organizations, researchers, breeders and representatives of gene banks as well as local communities implementing initiatives on agricultural biodiversity in Europe.

We are encouraging in particular the participation of initiatives from Central and Eastern Europe.

Organisers:

  • Environmental Social Science Research Group
  • Védegylet/Protect the Future