Re-establish a Public Plant Breeding System

A sustainable food system needs high quality, locally adapted seeds that perform well in low-input systems with key traits of drought and flood tolerance, pest and disease resistance, productivity, and efficient nutrient use. Farmers’ ongoing, unrestricted access to these varieties must be guaranteed. Greater support is needed for publicly funded initiatives to conserve the diversity of genes, species, varieties, cultivars, and breeds. This requires public investment in robust farmer-led or participatory research programs and networks that will serve the public interest while enhancing biodiversity, climate mitigation and adaptation, rural economies and food security.

Recommended Investment:
$20 million over 5 years [AAFC]

Martin Settle –