SEED SUMMIT 2016
Location: Grand Elysee Hotel, Hamburg, Germany
Date/Time: Friday 7th October, 8:30am – 5pm
(following TE’s conference and OCRT)
Join us to celebrate what’s been achieved to date and to discuss next steps in improving the availability of non-GM cottonseed
Following immediately after Textile Exchange’s 2016 Textile Sustainability Conference and Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) in Hamburg, Germany, TE & FiBL will be jointly hosting an Organic Cotton Seed Summit on Friday 7th October 2016 (also in Hamburg) with support from the Mercator Foundation Switzerland.
The Seed Summit is a continuation of the work of the OCRT’s Seed Task Force and the focus will be on building a resilient future for organic cotton. It is open to anyone with an interest in the future of seed in a time of climate change, concerns for biodiversity and inequality in seed access.
The Seed Summit will provide opportunities for experience sharing and for planning ways forward, bringing together stakeholders from across the value chain to strengthen the seed network of the organic cotton sector and prepare the ground for further collaborations. Success stories will be showcased from seed activities around the globe, including the latest advances in research and updates from a number of seed breeding projects. Local solutions can become a model for other regions and will help us in moving forward a global cotton seed strategy. The ultimate aims of such a strategy are, in the short term, to secure the supply of seed for non-GM cotton production and, in the long-term, to ensure the continuous genetic improvement of cotton cultivars to enhance the performance of organic cotton in a sustainable way.