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Diversified food system: Policy to embedding crop genetic diversity in food value chains

Feher, Judit; Padel, Susanne; Rossi, Adanella; Drexler, Dora and Oehen, Bernadette (2019) Diversified food system: Policy to embedding crop genetic diversity in food value chains. Diversifood Booklet, no. #5. ITAB.

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Document available online at: http://www.diversifood.eu/publications-old/booklets-and-reports/


Current food systems and associated agricultural practices have led to a loss of crop diversity. The widespread adoption of genetically uniform crop varieties may also increase the vulnerability of production systems and reduce their adaptability to new environmental challenges. DIVERSIFOOD has explored different approaches aimed at increasing crop genetic diversity, and as a result, make biodiverse food available to consumers. These approaches have the potential to promote sustainable, locally adapted farming systems, provide autonomy to farmers, support local short and fair supply chains and reconnect farmers and consumers. In order to support these approaches, the following policy changes are needed:
1) The legal status of heterogeneous cultivars for food diversity needs to be secured to increase the resilience of our food system.
2) Policies for more diverse cropping and food systems in the current CAP reform and national implementation are needed.
3) Networks of multiple actors are crucial to embedding crop genetic diversity in food value chains and should be supported.
4) Raising the awareness about biodiverse food of all actors of the agri-food system and this requires investment in farmer skills, well-informed citizen-consumers and a new food culture involving society at large.
5) To understand and support this process a multi-actor and integrated research approach is needed, based on participatory and democratic methods, inter- and trans-disciplinarity, and a systemic approach.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:Genetic diversity, food supply chains, policy recommendations
Agrovoc keywords:
genetic diversity within species -> genetic variation
marketing methods -> marketing techniques
Subjects: Food systems > Markets and trade
Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > Diversifood
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Society > Rural sociology
Hungary > Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
Italy > Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC)
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:633571
Deposited By: Padel, Dr Susanne
ID Code:35202
Deposited On:02 Apr 2019 16:12
Last Modified:15 Mar 2022 10:11
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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