Participants of the GIZ expert talk in Bonn.
Photo: Beate Wörner

12.01.2016

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Access to quality seed and appropriate crop varieties as well as legal protection tools for commercial plant breeders and farmer breeders were at the centre of a GIZ expert talk on seeds and sustainable agriculture.

Small-scale agriculture is already making an important contribution to food security and income generating in the rural areas of developing countries. However, its potential is far from exhausted. One important input to enhance its productivity is access to quality seed and appropriate crop varieties. This topic and legal protection tools for commercial plant breeders were at the centre of an expert talk on seeds and sustainable agriculture in Bonn, Germany, in mid-December. The event was organised by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

 

“The present supply of varieties neglect an important farm potential, as varieties are produced for cropping mainly under optimal growing conditions with input of fertilisers and pesticides,” said Johannes Kotschi of Agrecol at the expert talk. And he continued: “Much more crop varieties would be required to enable farming under difficult or even marginal environmental conditions.” These areas are mainly farmed by smallholders, and for such marginal lands, crop variety supply is insufficient.

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