Biodiversité : Échanges et diffusion d’expériences (BEDE)

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BEDE (Biodiversity exchange and dissemination of experience) is an international solidarity association that is recognized as being in the public interest. For more than twenty years now, BEDE has focused on challenges in living systems such as biodiversity for agriculture and food, farmer seed systems, GMOs and privatisation. Based in Montpellier, France, the association also has a decentralised coordinating office in Ségou, Mali. Its actions, always long-term and carried out in cooperation with farmers’ organisations, are spread across Europe, the Mediterranean (above all Algeria) and West Africa. Along with other associations, it is at the origin of the citizen information watchdog on GMOs and seeds known as Inf’OGM, the French farmers’ seed network RSP, European Cooperation Let’s Liberate Diversity (EC-LLD), and the West African Peasant Seeds Committee (COASP).

Objectives

  • Support farmers’ initiatives in agroecology and their connection in a network

  • Co-construction of searches for actions for an ecological transition of agriculture paired with biodiversity

  • Analysis of constraints and diffusion of challenges

Modes of action

  • expertise
  • training
  • networking of actors
  • mobilization, rally
  • legal and citizen watch, diffusion of information
  • books, reviews publishing
  • development of teaching material
  • documentaries, films, videos, animated films
  • meetings, exchanges, assemblies
  • diffusion of best pratices creation of labels
  • development of participatory tools and methods
  • research, analysis

Target audience

  • farmers, farmers’ unions
  • general public
  • public authorities, elected representatives, administrations
  • researchers, scientists

Thematic areas

  • agriculture and food
  • economy
  • research and technological innovation
  • Climate energy
  • migration
  • information
  • ethics
  • responsibility
  • peace
  • democracy
  • citizenship
  • culture
  • woman & gender