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Cooperatives a model to improve organic seed production (Liveseed Practice Abstract)

{Tool} Cooperatives a model to improve organic seed production (Liveseed Practice Abstract). Creator(s): Nuijten, Edwin. Issuing Organisation(s): De Beersche Hoeve. Liveseed Practice Abstracts, no. 3. (2019)

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Building cooperatives sounds easier than it is. Some general recommendations are:
- Build trust – an on-going process
- Define clear goals – common aims, clear rules
- Have a clear timeline – go step by step
- Communicate clearly – among members, with customers – to maintain trust
- Have the same starting point: 100% organic seed as basic requirement for all members – same values, same attitude
- Gain legal advice for establishing a cooperative in your country

EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Cooperatives a model to improve organic seed production
What problem does the tool address?:In several regions of Europe, mainly in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), knowledge and facilities for high-quality organic seed production are less developed. Improvement at various levels is needed: knowledge and equipment at the farm, seed cleaning and storage facilities, marketing of seeds, and logistics of seed transport, good contact with seed certification authorities is important for successful seed production. A key question is how to fund all these activities, when no revenues are yet obtained from seed sales? Together these issues make it difficult to start organic seed production from scratch.
What solution does the tool offer?:Cooperatives can contribute to tackle some of these problems:
- Sharing knowledge among farmers – better cooperation
- Organising practical training – jointly hiring advisers
- Involving farmers hesitant to start organic production – joining a community
- Increasing market power - providing safety, insurance
- Building critical capacity and knowledge on seed quality and testing - develop new solutions
- Communicating with authorities and lobbying for improved seed regulations
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Agrovoc keywords:
seed production
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > Liveseed
European Union > Horizon 2020 > Liveseed > Liveseed tools
Netherlands > Other organizations
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:727230
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/37859, https://orgprints.org/37859, https://www.debeerschehoeve.nl
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Ortolani, Dr. Livia
ID Code:37859
Deposited On:14 Apr 2020 07:18
Last Modified:16 Feb 2022 12:31
Document Language:English

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