European Coordination for Let's Liberate Diversity!
The European Coordination for Let's Liberate Diversity! (EC-LLD) is an international non-profit organization created in 2012 with the objective to coordinate the positions and actions of national networks and other members to encourage, develop and promote the dynamic management of biodiversity on farm and in gardens.
EC-LLD draws its origins and inspiration from the annual gatherings of the European movement on agricultural biodiversity known as the Let's Liberate Diversity! Forums. The first edition of the forum took place in 2005 in Poitiers, France. Since then the LLD forums have become a tradition and they are organised each year in a different European country. The second forum was hosted by Spain (2006), followed by subsequent editions in germany (2007), Italy (2008), Austria (2010), Hungary (20119 and Scotland (2012).
The main focuses of EC-LLD are:
- The promotion and development of farmers' seeds on farms and gardens;
- The exchange and dissemination of knowledge and expertise associated with farmers' seeds, their use and promotion;
- The collection, translation and dissemination of existing information;
- Training and stocktaking;
- Experimentation and research;
- Promoting and enabling legal framework favourable to farmers' rights as well as gardeners' and small seed companies' rights over agricultural biodiversity.
The founding organizations of EC-LLd are the Scottish Crofting Federation (UK), Pro Specie Rara (Swizerland), Réseau Semences Paysannes (France), Red de Semillas “ Resembrando e Intercambiando” (Spain) and Rete Semi Rurali (Italy). Membershio is open to any organization that shares the values and objectives of the Coordination.
BEDE is an international solidarity association founded in 1994. In connection with fifty organizations from different French, European and international networks, BEDE contributes to the protection and promotion of initiatives for peasant farming and ecological agriculture through information and networking. BEDE organizes workshops, meetings between farmers, researchers and civil society in Europe, North Africa and West Africa countries and generates educational material. This work allows the general public to understand the issues and what is at stake with agricultural biodiversity and to farmers and organizations to improve both their fieldwork and their negotiating skills at the legislative level.