08 May 2018

World Seed Partnership: the farmers’ voice is expanding

On Thursday, 03/05/2018, WFO Headquarters’ in Rome hosted a meeting of the World Seed Partnership (WSP).

WSP is an initiative taken by four international organisations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) and the International Seed Federation (ISF).
WSP aims at ensuring sustainability, biodiversity, food security and economic development, by setting a global quality standard for seeds.

WFO became WSP Advisory Partner in 2017, upon decision of WFO Board of June 2017, in Helsinki. On that occasion, the WFO Board appointed the North Dakota Farmer Union President, Mr Mark Watne, as WFO representative in the WSP Steering Committee.

The recent meeting was the occasion to discuss future collaboration and developing the WFO involvement within the WSP Steering Committee Many topics are on the table, including reflections on the seed framework for the benefit of worldwide farmers, as well as the possible consequences of the ongoing Mergers and Acquisitions in the seed sector and how to make sure that farmers can have access to good quality, sustainable seeds at affordable prices..

As the only voice of farmers, WFO contribution is central to reach the partnership’s goals.
Farmers are the final users of seeds and those who contribute the most to global food security and take care of biodiversity; therefore, their point of view is fundamental in this matter.

Next meeting will be in Brisbane, Australia, during the World Seed Congress in June and Mr Mark Watne will participate on behalf of the World Farmers’ Organisation.

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