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Securing Commitments from Stakeholders in 10 EU Member States - The Organic Seed Declaration to Foster Stakeholder Involvement

Schäfer, Freya; Gutzen, Kaja; Raaijmakers, Maaike; Meyer, Katharina; Gatzert, Xenia; Sommer, Martin; Bruszik, Ágnes and Messmer, Monika (2022) Securing Commitments from Stakeholders in 10 EU Member States - The Organic Seed Declaration to Foster Stakeholder Involvement. Sustainability, 14 (15), pp. 1-13.

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The new European organic regulation 2018/848 aims to phase out the use of non-organic seeds in organic farming by 2036. At present, achieving this goal in countries with a poorly developed organic seed sector is difficult, and therefore there is a great need to increase organic seed supply by promoting the development of the organic seed sector in Europe. This paper presents a conceptual framework to secure voluntary stakeholder involvement in the process of a gradual increase in the supply of organic seeds for organic farming. Stakeholders showed a high motivation to commit to concrete action points for moving forward. In addition, further actors were involved in the fulfillment of the commitments, a sign of a positive network effect in favor of organic seed production and use. The study indicates application potential and can complement mandatory policy instruments. Further progress monitoring is necessary to ensure that established structures maintain their function, and to keep the shared sense of responsibility alive.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:organic seeds, voluntary commitments, stakeholder involvement, policy measures, European organic legislation, LIVESEED, Abacus, FiBL20064
Agrovoc keywords:
organic agriculture
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > European Union
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Seeds and breeding > Seeds
Germany > FiBL Germany - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
European Union > Horizon 2020 > Liveseed
International Organizations > International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM
Netherlands > Other organizations
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:727230
Related Links:https://www.fibl.org/en/themes/projectdatabase/projectitem/project/1298, https://www.liveseed.eu/
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:44427
Deposited On:31 Aug 2022 10:57
Last Modified:31 Aug 2022 10:57
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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