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European Coordination Let’s Liberate Diversity 12th Forum
26 October - 28 October
A forum for people working with seeds, agrobiodiversity and food systems, in Dublin, Ireland, 26-28th October.
After 15 years of cooperation among partners from various countries, the European Coordination Let’s Liberate Diversity! (ECLLD!) has recognised the importance of creating a platform to facilitate the exchange of experiences, perspectives, and insights among its members.
This platform encourages local actions to promote diversity within our food systems. To achieve this, ECLLD! connects the experiences and efforts of different individuals and groups, including farmers, gardeners, researchers, and small seed companies.
The annual European meetings of the Let’s Liberate Diversity! Forum (LLD) are one way to do this.
Organised by the European Coordination Let’s Liberate Diversity and hosted in different European countries on a rotating basis, these gatherings represent a vibrant convergence of knowledge and expertise. These three-day forums offer a unique opportunity for participants to come together, share ideas, and collectively explore the vital theme of cultivated diversity and dynamic seed management.
The inaugural forum took place in France in 2005, and we are now gearing up for the 12th edition!
This will be happening from October 26th to 28th, 2023, in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. This edition is being organised in collaboration with the Irish Seed Savers Association and boasts a diverse program filled with engaging social events, enlightening workshops, participatory activities, and field visits.
Here’s what you can expect at the forum:
- A diverse range of contributors, including farmers, researchers, and national and international experts, will host seminars and meetings, sharing innovations and best practices.
- Exhibitions and local markets will showcase cultivated biodiversity, allowing attendees to witness and participate in the promotion of diverse crops.
- Seed and variety exchanges among farmers will contribute to genetic diversity by “contaminating” varieties within different regions.
- The active involvement of citizens in meetings, workshops, and labs focused on agricultural and food issues will foster a sense of community engagement.
The LLD Forum emphasises a fundamental principle: agrobiodiversity must not merely be preserved but actively utilised. The dynamic management of cultivated diversity holds the key to ensuring its ongoing existence, ready to tackle the ever-evolving challenges of our world.
The forum’s collaborative spirit, along with its diverse participant base, fosters an ideal setting for individuals and organisations to unite, exchange knowledge, and take actions towards a future where diversity isn’t only celebrated but also managed and utilised in a sustainable way to benefit us all.