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On Their Joint Centennial Forum, ISTA and ISF Strengthen Cooperation for a Food-Secure Future

ISTA and ISF marked 100 years of collaboration in Cambridge, UK, reaffirming their commitment to boosting global food and nutritional security.

Two global organizations celebrating their centenary jointly hosted a forum emphasizing their shared dedication to advancing the global seed sector. The July 5 event highlighted the crucial role of high-quality, environmentally adapted seed varieties in fostering resilient food systems for a rapidly expanding global population, amidst increasing climate challenges.

During the forum, ISF and ISTA reiterated their commitment to collaborative efforts with other international organizations, including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Farmers Organization (WFO), among others.

Discussions focused on anticipating future global requirements for high-quality seeds, considering the diversity of crops needed to adapt to changing environmental conditions, and integrating new technologies to overcome production and seed quality assessment challenges, according to a press release.

Call for the Importance of Quality Seed

Moving forward, ISTA and ISF acknowledge the need for enhanced cooperation and synergy in their operations to further improve the quality of seeds for farmers. Quality seeds are fundamental for sustainable agricultural production. 

“By enhancing our collaborative efforts, we will continue our vital work in ensuring food security for todays and future generations, honoring a century-old legacy while looking forward to new horizons in agricultural development,” said Keshavulu Kunusoth, ISTA President. “More than ever, we are determined to continue our contributions to building sustainable food systems that can withstand climate change and nourish an ever-increasing global population.” 

“Together, ISTA, ISF, and the global network of seed companies and affiliated organizations are united in their commitment to maintaining and continuously enhancing seed quality which is an essential layer for innovation and sustainability,” said Michael Keller, ISF Secretary General.

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