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Organic seed from community seed banks (Liveseed practice abstract)

{Tool} Organic seed from community seed banks (Liveseed practice abstract). Creator(s): Koutis, Konstantinos and Vakali, Christina. Issuing Organisation(s): AEGILOPS - The Greek Network for Biodiversity and Ecology in Agriculture. Liveseed Practice Abstract, no. 13. (2020)

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Practical recommendations
• Agronomists can help and train farmers and community seed banks how to select their own best varieties and produce high quality seed.
• Farmers being members of community seed banks can contribute in selection and seed production.
• Researchers supporting farmers in multiactor participatory organic breeding can help to improve suitable variety choice and meet market’s needs.
• Organic seed production initiatives can contribute to the sustainability of community seed banks on local level.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
What problem does the tool address?:Organic growers often buy hybrids or commercial seeds, bred for intensive industrial agriculture, which are usually not suitable for organic and local growing conditions. Alternatively, they grow their own seeds, or they get seeds from neighbors. These seeds usually do not cover all crop and market needs, are of limited quantity and often of low quality.
What solution does the tool offer?:Community participatory selection
Good quality organically bred, locally suitable seeds are needed, that are compatible with organic standards and
certification. Community seed banks safeguard landraces or heirloom varieties, farmers selections, and obsolete
varieties grown by farmers at local level. Participatory organic breeding is a tool for valorising agrobiodiversity in a sustainable way where farmers have the primary role and can benefit from acting as custodians. Good seed, from
the best selected local traditional varieties, means better quality products for consumers, more effective farming, and
low cost of production.
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Agrovoc keywords:
seed production
seed certification
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Food systems > Produce chain management
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > Liveseed
European Union > Horizon 2020 > Liveseed > Liveseed tools
Hungary > Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:727230
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/39796
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Ortolani, Dr. Livia
ID Code:39796
Deposited On:12 Jul 2021 13:21
Last Modified:16 May 2022 13:21
Document Language:English

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