Meeting of experts
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 12 and 13 November 2012
The 21 expert participants represented 13 organizations from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin and North America.
The meeting invoked the Chatham House Rule: where people spoke from their individual expertise.There was a consensus that engaging with farmers to produce seeds for the market demands a long-term commitment from all sides. Communication and perception management are important first steps towards collaboration. All parties agreed that providing farmers with a wide range of seed choices, and enabling them to independently decide should result in sustainable outcomes. All the participants have a common interest in good governance to ensure that the quality of seeds is maintained and enhanced and that reliable breeding materials remain available.