DIVERSIFOOD local activities
Within the DIVERSIFOOD project, many public local events are continuously held in all the involved countries with the overall goal of promoting food diversity and quality and exchanging good practices.
All the local events are organized with a multi-actor approach, to involve different stakeholders: from farmers to researchers, from breeders consumers.
In each country, the DIVERSIFOOD partners tried their best to valorize the local varieties, enhancing people’s awareness towards a new way of thinking food and agricolture.
FRANCE: Wheat and maize, legumes
ITALY: Wheat and barley
At the same time, RSR is reflecting on seed legislation, organizing workshops on the integration between seed systems and community seed banks.
SWITZERLAND: lupin, legumes, carrots
ProSpecieRara (PSR) also organized some public events on seeds cultivations: seed propagators and gardeners were updated with important information about PSR community seed bank. Another focus of PSR is purple carrots, with the objective of involving Chefs and commercial representatives in the breeding process of an old carrot type, to ensure the keeping or enhancing of the characterized taste properties.
SPAIN: Trainings on local varieties
In Spain, Red Andaluza de Semillas (RAS) organized many training events for the development of the networks of farmer-researchers using local varieties. Training activities with different stakeholders to increase the technical knowledge in the production of vegetable seed were also organized.
In Hungary, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) is promoting landrace tomatoes among consumers and representatives of the gastronomy.
FINLAND: Workshop on crop biodiversity
(Image: ARCHE NOAH)
A DIVERSIFOOD workshop on “Enabling Crop Biodiversity on the Market” was organized in Helsinki on 22-23 November by ESVY – Southern Finland Organic Farmers Association, FOPA – Finnish Organic Farmers Alliance, Kymi Organic Coop, Kuhilas Ry and ARCHE NOAH.
CYPRUS: Food security @Researchers’ night
In Cyprus, the Agricultural Research Institute organized a public event within the framework of the Researchers’ night, an international initiative held in September 2016 all around Europe. In Nicosia, scientists, farmers, policy makers, and the general public gathered together to share the importance of seeds and their diversity for the environment and food security.
UK: Field trials
In UK, the Organic Research Centre (ORC) organized several field trials over Summer and Autumn 2016. The objective was assessing the suitability of ancient wheat species, Einkorn, Emmer and Rivet for Organic agriculture in the UK. Chickpeas, Quinoa and Buckwheat cultivars are also being tested, looking for suitable germplasms to be organically grown and marketed in the UK.