For 10 January 2007, Co-Extra has organised the first event in a Europe-wide series of national stakeholder dialogues on co-existence and traceability. The French research organisation and Co-Extra partner INRA will be hosting the meeting in Versailles; Co-Extra partner Adriant organises the event. These dialogues are intended to assist Co-Extra researchers in meeting stakeholder needs.
Occasionally, a gap may exist between a scientific goal and the knowledge society actually needs. With this in mind, Co-Extra has consistently focused on delivering research results that effectively and practicably support stakeholders in the field of co-existence and traceability between GM and non-GM supply chains. Productive contact between researchers and stakeholders remains an important goal and, beginning in France, the current sequence of stakeholder workshops is intended also to foster exchange among stakeholders themselves.
Organised by Adriant, the Co-Extra partner in charge of focus groups in France, a meeting between representatives of French stakeholders' organisations will be held on January 10th at the INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) research center of Versailles. In discussion groups, the participants will identify the most pressing challenges for the co-existence of genetically modified, conventional and organic food and feed supply chains.
During the next months, further national stakeholder workshops will take place in Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and the UK. In a common report, the results will be presented to the public and used to give feedback to Co-Extra researchers.