In the European Consultation we heard from participants from different sectors (research, NGO, consultancy) and from many different countries (Denmark, Egypt, Italy, France, Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, Serbia). Several successful examples from plant research have been presented (introduction of “Panicum maximum” in South America and Asia, rice in Egypt, banana in Africa).
Some of the issues covered in the contributions include: The usefulness of networking and the necessity to take into account user needs, the advantages of quality declared seeds versus certified seeds, the use of IT in knowledge & technology transfer, the importance of trustworthy relationships between stakeholders, the advantages of multi-stakeholder processes or the importance of donor coordination. Another contribution also provides interesting starting points for discussion on the current situation and specific needs in Europe.
The second phase of the European consultation will be dedicated to the discussion of the regional review: