There was a need for  strong consumer groups demanding safe products, the latter maintained.

Ultimately, everyone – men, women and youth, producers and consumers, the users of formal and informal markets, and the rural and urban population – were to benefit from these food systems. The prospects for this to happen are not bad, according to Ann Tutwiler, Director General of Bioversity International. “We used to be annoyed by the urban bias in political interests – now we ought to take advantage of it,” she noted.

Silvia Richter, editor, Rural 21