Our breeding projects embrace participatory plant breeding, a model that fosters true partnership between farmers and formal plant breeders. Farmers have an intimate knowledge of their farms and the production and market needs of the crops they grow, while plant breeders understand and teach the field-based breeding techniques necessary for developing varieties that address these needs. Together they form an equal partnership to provide genetically diverse seed for organic farms while building the knowledge base and skill set among farmers who operate as seed stewards.
These projects are funded by grants, individual contributions, and through seed and food company contracts. Some of these projects will result in commercialized varieties starting in 2014. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on these and other breeding projects.
“We know system diversity is one of the foundation stones to successful organic production and we have seen a demonstrated commitment from OSA to build that component of diversity relating to seed. I want to ensure my dollars to on-the-ground projects, a place where an emphasis to make an enduring difference is part of the mandate and where my dollars can be leveraged to build a stronger, healthier food system around the world.”