Farm Seed Opportunities

Farm Seed Opportunities

First in a number of projects aimed at assessing the state of agrobiodiversity in Europe, FSO inventoried the diversity of breeding initiatives of landraces and local varieties, to support the implementation of seed regulations on conservation varieties and to propose scenarios for the future of the European seed systems.

The following recommendations were issued by the researchers:

  • Finding the right balance between formal and informal seed systems should be one of the objectives of a regional strategy for on farm conservation
  • The use of local varieties and underutilised species relies on the protection of traditional knowledge and farmers’ rights
  • Participatory plant breeding is a way of increasing farmers’ options and a measure of non-monetary benefit sharing
  • Step up research on the impact of market instruments on agrobiodiversity 

The deliverables and other documents from the project, including a booklet on conservation, breeding and production, are available on the website. 

URL: http://www.farmseed.eu/ 

Project duration: 2007-2009

SOLIBAM

SOLIBAM

One of the first European projects to research agrobiodiversity, SOLIBAM aimed at developing novel breeding approaches and management practices to improve the performance, quality, sustainability and stability of crops adapted to organic and low-input systems.

Semi Reti Rurali was not a partner in this particular project, but some of the members of staff were; the knowledge developed on this seminal project fed, through these people, into the strategies and current international engagement of RSR.

Among the project’s outcomes, a better understanding of the crop preferences of organic and low-input farmers and their breeding requirements was key.

The innovation framework embraced by SOLIBAM relied on the concepts of resilience, sustainability and diversity at all levels. On that basis, the project carried out participatory research on crop competitiveness against weeds, establishment under variable conditions and more effective use of nutrients and water, starting from biodiverse genetic resources and making use of a diversity of management approaches.

SOLIBAM’s project deliverables and innovation booklets (including technical guidelines on participatory research by S. Ceccarelli) are available on the official website.

URL: http://www.solibam.eu/

Project duration : 2010-2014