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ECVC proposals for a positive interaction between the ITPGRFA and the UPOV Convention

30 April 2018

All the plant breeders' varieties come from seeds collected in farmers' fields. The aim of the ITPGRFA is the conservation of these plant genetic resources. Resources stored in cooling banks can no longer develop. Only those that farmers cultivate and select year after year adapt to the particular conditions of each field, to each type of farming and to developments in these conditions. Their diversity and their intra-varietal variability are the main factors that contribute to their adaptability and resilience. The diversity of the soil guarantees their immense inter-varietal diversity. New polygenic features, which are essential in each piece of land to adapt to increasingly rapid changes to cultivation conditions, particularly climate change, are not created in gene banks, but rather in the fields of farmers who choose their seed.

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