Kostas Koutis


AEGILOPS is a network for Biodiversity and Ecology in Agriculture which tries to build on various pillars (community seed banking, organic breeding and seed schools) to maintain and develop local varieties as well as strengthen the role of organic farmers in the conservation of genetic resources. It was founded in 2004 in Volos, Central Greece, focusing on the preservation – re-cultivation of local varieties / heritage crops (cereals, vegetables, forages, fruits and olives) and organic breeding. AEGILOPS has adopted participatory processes with farmers and other stakeholders in the food chain for the evaluation and the selection of these local varieties to produce  local quality food products.