The DYNAVERSITY project analysed the context of genetic resources in Europe, mapping stakeholders and sites involved in PGRFA (Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture) conservation and use. The aim was to map social actors (mainly national seed savers, seed networks and NGOs) and involve them within the social European agrobiodiversity movement called European Coordination Let’s Liberate Diversity! (EC-LLD).
As a working methodology, it was chosen to first map all social actors working with PGRFAs and specifically promoting on-farm management. Thus, a list with almost all major European realities was created in order to have a general overview and to involve them in the activities proposed by DYNAVERSITY and the European EC-LLD network. The strategy proved to be successful and by the end of the project, 10 national organisations became members of EC-LLD. This important result has thus reinforced and expanded ECLLD’s action to promote a new system of governance and sharing activities of seed networks becoming a central platform.
At the same time, to understand in which environment actors, stakeholders and sites are involved in PGRFA issues, a network analysis of past 14 ECLLD Forums was carried out. After building the database with the various information available on the participants and their organisations over the years, the relevant information to understand the impact this network has on on-farm management was extracted. Besides confirming that such events involve many different actors (multi-actors meetings) it is shown a strong involvement of local actors. The main outputs of the LLD and LCD workshops, and how the vocabulary used within the programmes and workshops has changed over the years, were also reported.
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