As communicated in previous issues of Seed Scoop and Seed to Succeed, CSGA has been working over the past year with its partners at the Canadian Seed Trade Association, the Canadian Seed Institute, the Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada, the Canadian Plant Technology Agency, and CropLife Canada on the Seed Synergy Collaboration Project.
The goal of the Seed Synergy Collaboration is to develop and articulate a broadly supported vision for the next generation seed system. It is hoped that this vision can serve as a starting point for industry and government to begin to work together to enact real change, in order to build an industry-led, government-enabled seed system that drives innovation and growth throughout the value chain, and which has direct benefits for seed professionals.
Working together, and informed by feedback received through consultations that took place over the course of 2017 to date, the project team has put forward a comprehensive first draft: the Seed Synergy Green Paper. This document will, we hope, be the first step toward building a seed system that works better for you in the future.
Now we need to hear what you think.
We invite you to read the Green Paper and the Executive Summary. We will be convening Seed Synergy discussions at both the CSGA Interprovincial Meeting on November 15th and CSTA’s Semi-Annual meetings this month, to gather feedback. In addition, we plan to hold regional workshops this winter to provide more opportunity for discussion and comment, as well as to provide a simple online forum for any additional feedback. In the meantime, if you have comments to share with us, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to your comments.
You’ll hear more about these further engagement opportunities as details become available. In the meantime, we hope you have an opportunity to read the Green Paper and develop your own ideas about what the Next Generation Seed System should be. We look forward to discussing these ideas with you!