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ISF membership means your voice is heard at top-level meetings of intergovernmental organizations including UPOV, OECD Seed Schemes, ISTA, WIPO, FAO, IPPC, CBD, IT and others. Thanks to its official observer status, ISF represents the views of its Members at regular meetings, for example, expressing concerns about developments or putting forward changes to regulations. No other trade association has such a broad observer status in such organizations.

Being a member of ISF gives you a unique perspective on the seed industry and gets your voice heard on a global stage.

Contact Us To find out which category of membership is right for your organization see the ‘Categories’ tab below then click the green button to find out more.

Benefits

ISF membership gives you a voice. It gets you involved and keeps you informed. It means you are supported when you need it.

BE INVOLVED – ISF Events

  • ISF membership opens the door to the ISF World Seed Congress, the flagship event of the global seed industry that typically attracts around 1000-1500 delegates each year. This event is a truly unique opportunity to develop your industry knowledge and networks, and to negotiate trade agreements.
  • ISF membership gives you access to the relevant closed meetings of the ISF Congress.

BE HEARD – ISF Voting Rights

ISF membership means your voice is heard at top-level meetings of intergovernmental organizations including UPOV, OECD Seed Schemes, ISTA, WIPO, FAO, IPPC, CBD, IT and others. Thanks to its official observer status, ISF represents the views of its Members at regular meetings, for example, expressing concerns about developments or putting forward changes to regulations. No other trade association has such a broad observer status in such organizations.

BE SUPPORTED – ISF Arbitration

ISF membership means you can benefit from ISF arbitration in case of disputes.

BE INFORMED – ISF Communication

  • ISF membership keeps you informed of the latest ISF activities and industry developments through the bi-monthly News Bulletin emailed exclusively to members.
  • ISF membership gives you access to the relevant part of the Members Area on the ISF website.
  • ISF membership entitles you to participate in the ISF Communications Forum which connects on a quarterly basis to strengthen global coordination.

Categories

Associate Members

Companies active in plant breeding/seed trading. Note: If there is an Ordinary Member in the country where the company is registered, the company must be a member provided they are eligible to join and provided that the Ordinary Member has the relevant crop coverage.

Affiliate Members

Provider companies such as crop protection companies and seed testing labs, or related associations that do not fit the Ordinary membership category.

Associate Members of the Tree & Shrub Seed Group

National associations of tree and shrub seed companies and/or individual companies active in this field.

Ordinary Members

National seed trade and/or plant breeders associations.

Observers

The opportunity to try out ISF membership is open to potential Ordinary Members for two years, and to potential Associate members for one year. During this time Observers can experience the benefits of ISF membership before they sign up.

Honorary Life Members

Former ISF members who are recognized by ISF for their outstanding contributions to the Federation.

Special Class

  • Africa/Middle East:
    African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA)
  • Americas:
    Federação Latino-Americana de Associações de Sementes (FELAS)
    Seed Asociation of the Americas (SAA)
  • Asia/Pacific:
    Asia Pacific Seed Association (APSA)
  • Europe:
    European Seed Association (ESA)

Loss of membership

Members who have not paid the annual membership fee for one year will have their membership revoked and will no longer be able to attend ISF meetings or the ISF World Seed Congress.

The seed sector contributes to a majority of the 17 SDGs adopted by the United Nations, such as: no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life on land; and partnerships for the goals.

The ISF World Seed Congress is the ISF flagship event which brings together the principal architects and decision makers of the global seed industry.

Visit WSC 2020 website The ISF World Seed Congress 2020 will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. More than 1100 seed industry professionals are expected to gather to discuss the global issues facing the seed industry.

SUSTAINABILITY HIGH ON THE AGENDA AT THE ISF WORLD SEED CONGRESS 2019

Sustainability stood out as the most important question of the day at the year’s biggest gathering of seed professionals.

During the recent ISF World Seed Congress 2019 in Nice, France where nearly 1,700 delegates from 63 countries participated earlier this month, the topic of sustainability was the main thread running through the meetings and discussions among business leaders and stakeholders – in particular how the seed sector must sustain innovation in a socially accepted manner in order to respond to current global food challenges.

Eduard Fito, president of ISF, said, “I cannot imagine this business without innovation. Whether we like it or not, agriculture around the globe faces new challenges every day. That is why it is important that we always remember to safeguard innovation as the foundation on which our sector stands, enabling us to continue delivering value to farmers.”

The International Seed Federation (ISF) drew attention to the sector’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Although efforts that contribute to the SDGs are not new to the seed sector, it is a recent realization to make the SDGs more well-known within the seed sector, and to bring recognition within international organizations regarding the sector’s contributions. These SDGs are inseparable from the seed sector, which strives for a more sustainable future,” said Michael Keller, Secretary General of ISF.

The seed sector contributes to a majority of the 17 SDGs adopted by the United Nations, such as: no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life on land; and partnerships for the goals.

During an open panel on the Paris Agreement on climate change, speakers from the UN Environment Programme, World Farmer’s Organization, and GNIS agreed on the importance of science and innovation to develop more resilient varieties, reduce the impact of agriculture on the environment, and achieve the required level of crop production to meet global demand.

Business leaders representing a diverse mix of seed companies echoed the sentiment during an industry panel. From small and medium enterprises, to family-owned businesses, to international companies, all industry representatives emphasized the need to access the latest breeding methods to answer the challenge of feeding the world. This requires consistency and alignment on a global level regarding policies governing new breeding techniques.

The thematic day at INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) provided a deep dive into the imprint of climate change in the farming sector, and how research and development can support agriculture to cope with and reduce its impact on climate change. At a side event on the SDGs organized with the World Benchmarking Alliance, the discussion pointed to the crucial role of the private seed sector in transforming the global food system. Communicating about sustainability and framing the discussion on innovation through the economic, societal and environmental contributions of the seed sector was a step forward that participants were ready to take.

Online registration

1’637 delegates from 63 countries – including delegates, exhibitors and accompanying persons.