By looking at how social innovation happens in seed exchange networks, we study how networks form against the increasing spread of input-intensive industrial agriculture, and the disempowerment and economic and cultural poverty that resulted from it, and how they are consciously aimed at changing social relations surrounding agriculture.


Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Sector of activity
Food & Beverage

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical

Start date


Seed exchange networks bring increasing diversity in food systems and contribute to SFS by the renewal of cultivated diversity for sustainable food systems. We are initiating to build partnership and extended networking system about agrobiodiversity. We seek to set up a hub for innovative governance models within citizens’ initiatives and also to establish such networks around in-situ conservation, agrobiodiversity.

This project directly contributes to SFS Programme objective 1, as it raises awareness of a globally disempowered group’s sustainable agricultural and social practices. It also exactly contributes to Sub-Work area 1, especially priority activity a) by conducting and disseminating a case study of successful community-based innovations for sustainable food consumption and production. The project has a connection to Millenium Development Goals 2 (Hunger), 10 (Inequality), 12 (Sustainable consumption and production), 13 (Climate change) in an indirect, awareness-raising and stock-taking fashion.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Outcome level

Coordination on SCP

  • DYNAmic seed networks for managing European diVERSITY

Impact and Results

Strengthening the collaboration of seed exchange networks through new partnerships.

Next steps and how to get involved

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