The role of the seed sector in strengthening the resilience of agricultural production
Time: Wednesday, 20. January 2021, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (CET), subsequent deep dive 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Languages: English, German
The GFFA 2021 Expert Panel on the „Role of the Seed Sector in Strengthening the Resilience of Agricultural Production“ was opened by Friedrich Wacker, Head of the Department for EU Affairs and International Cooperation at the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Mr. Wacker spoke about some of the challenges resulting from climate change, the critical role of the seed sector for climate adaptation and the engagement of the BMEL in helping partner countries to strengthen their breeding and seed distribution systems.
After short presentations and videos from two seed-sector interventions in India and Ethiopia, a panel of experts from these countries and Germany came together to further discuss the role of the seed sector for agricultural climate resilience. The topics of discussion included the necessity and potential of breeding more drought- and pest-tolerant varieties, as well as the complementary role of the public and private sectors in developing seed varieties adapted to changing weather conditions. The experts also discussed the importance of conducive legal frameworks (e.g. for plant variety protection) and strategies to improve access of farmers to high-quality seeds and acceptance of new varieties.
The panel ended with an outlook on options for south-south and south-north exchange of strategies and systems to enhance seed production and distribution for improved climate mitigation and resilience in agricultural production.