Oct 02

Anabel Marín chairs GOSSI, Global Open Source Seed Initiative

The Steering Committee of the Global Open Source Seed Initiative – GOSSI elected the director of Bioleft, Anabel Marín, as its first chair.

The GOSSI network brings together open source seed initiatives from five continents. It began to be woven in 2018, following the meeting “Conceptualizing the new commons: examples of knowledge commons, seeds and plant varieties”, in Germany. This year, work began with remote meetings to coordinate a common agenda, and a consensus was reached to write a white paper white paper

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Some of the member organizations are:

Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI), United States.  Organization created in 2012 by Professor Jack Kloppenburg, which integrates farmers, breeders and small seed companies. They propose to share a pool of seeds, understood as a common good, through the signing of a pledge that is transferred together with the seeds.

Open Source Seeds, Germany. Non-profit organization created in 2017 with the aim of caring for a non-proprietary seed sector that understands seeds as a common good. Founded by Agrecol.

Seed Savers Network, Kenya. Organization working for seeds since 2009, with support from HIVOS. In 2019 they documented 64 cultivars, assessed their nutritional value and wrote a policy paper.

MASIPAG, Philippines. Network of organizations, farmers and researchers for the sustainable use and management of biodiversity through peasant control of genetic and biological resources, agricultural production and associated knowledge, created in 1996. It works with 35,000 producers throughout the country, who select rice and maize seeds to adapt to local conditions. They treasure more than a thousand traditional rice varieties.

Bioleft – present in Argentina and Mexico – is the only participating organisation in Latin America.