On that subject, a report evaluating the PPP-project (public-private partnership for pre-breeding) was presented. The PPP-project was commenced after the recognition that the large, multinational plant breeding companies didn’t have any interest in investing in the small market of the Nordic countries with their particular needs and challenges, due to for example short summers with many hours of light.
– Our society needs to handle climate change, reduce emissions from the agriculture and at the same time meet the consumer’s demands on nutrition and taste of crops. This means that we in the Nordic countries ourselves have to develop new and robust plant varieties. No one else will do it for us, says Birgitte Lund who is chair of the PPP steering committee and the author of the report.