International Federation of the Seed Trade (ISF)

Fédération internationale du commerce des semences (FIS)
Internationaler Saathandelsverband

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1924, Paris (France). Statutes revised: 13 May 1952, Florence (Italy); 1953, Baden-Baden (Germany FR); 1966, Bournemouth (UK); 2 June 1980, Cannes (France); Nov 1987, Christchurch (New Zealand); May 1995, Buenos Aires (Argentina). Also referred to in English as International Seed Trade Federation. June 2002, merged with International Association of Plant Breeders for the Protection of Plant Varieties (ASSINSEL) to form International Seed Federation (ISF).


Represent the international seed trade; receive and formulate opinion of all concerned in the seed trade; carry out a continued action for the improvement of the seed trade conditions between the various countries and the solution of international problems; facilitate the settlement of disputes; contribute, by stimulating the marketing of high quality seed, to the sustainable development of agriculture.

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Sections (6): Cereal Seed; Herbage Seed; Sugar and Fodder-beet Seed (with ASSINSEL); Oil and Fibres Seed; Vegetable Seed; Maize Seed. Permanent Committees (5): Seed Treatment and Environment; Phytosanitary Issues; Communication (with ASSINSEL); Sustainable Agriculture (with ASSINSEL); Trade and Arbitration Rules. Verification Scheme established in cooperation with International Seed Testing Association. Organizes Congresses and Interim Congresses.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 7 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 9 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 67 countries
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Subjects *

  • Plant Life
    • Botany
  • Commerce
    • Trade
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Agriculture

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger



Last News Received

27. Sep 2002
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