The objective of LIVESEEED is to improve transparency and competitiveness of the organic seed and breeding sector and encourage greater use of organic seed. LIVESEED is based on the concept that organic production should start with organic seed and cultivars adapted to organic systems are key for realising the full potential of organic agriculture. Therefore, LIVESEED aims to:

  • Foster harmonised implementation of the EU organic regulation on organic seed
  • Strengthen organic seed databases in the whole EU
  • Investigate socio-economic aspects related to production and use of organic seed
  • Improve availability and quality of organic seed
  • Develop guidelines for organic cultivar testing and registration
  • Develop innovative breeding approaches suited to widen the choice of organic cultivars

Research activities of LIVEEED cover legumes, vegetables, fruit trees, cereals and fodder crops, considering different farming systems across Europe.
LIVESEED is coordinated by IFOAM Organics Europe. It is a 4-year project and has 49 partners covering 18 European countries. The consortium includes multiple actors from: research institutes, breeding companies, seed companies, organic associations (farmers, processors, retailers) and national authorities. The project is funded by Horizon 2020.

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Project coordination

Dr. Bram Moeskops, IFOAM Organics Europe, bram.moeskops(at)

Project duration

01 June 2017 to 31 May 2021

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