The “Maisons de Semences Paysannes” (community seed systems) in Brazil and Europe, the village granaries in Africa, the local seed systems in the hands of Asian women, the fact that the Nepalese constitution now integrates the defence of farmers’ seeds… all these initiatives are contributing to the establishment of national laws ensuring the collective rights of communities and farmers on their seeds and preventing their privatization by corporate interests. It also highlights the increased participation of NGOs and farmers’ organizations in decision-making instances of international regulations. These actions illustrate the diversity of experiences in the field and the continuity of the intervention of civil society in the conservation of agricultural biodiversity. Preserving biodiversity is the first pillar of subsistence agriculture and urban farming as well as a fundamental tool to achieve food sovereignty.
These two days of exchanges have established the necessity of building a common space for debate and of concerted actions by small-scale producer organizations and specialized NGOs. It is urgent to deal with the confusion caused by the dispersion of decision-making spaces across the world in the field of agricultural biodiversity and it’s control by the farmer’s themselves, a confusion voluntarily maintained by the corporate world and the governments of the richest countries. All over the world, more and more farmers are sharing their experiences, exchanging their knowledges. Their voices will prevail in the global governance of agricultural biodiversity.