ISF World Seed Congress 2024

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27-29 May

The next century


Don't miss the flagship event of the global seed industry. Do business, re-connect with colleagues, and celebrate isf's 100 years!

2024 is a historic year for ISF as we mark our 100th anniversary. A hundred years ago, visionary seeds men from around the world convened to standardize commercial seed exchanges and promote international cooperation to support the increased international global seed movement. This moment marked the genesis of an organization that would become the voice of the global private seed industry. Join us as we celebrate not only the association’s century-long journey but also the transformative power of seeds to shape a food-secure future. 

The Netherlands, a leader in plant breeding, propagation, and seed imports and exports, will gather seed professionals from all over the world for business, trading, exhibition, panel discussions, and plenty of networking opportunities. This congress is not to be missed!



This event is jointly organized by ISF and the Dutch National Organizing Committee. Meet your hosts:

Marco van LeeuwenPresident – International Seed Federation
Jaap MazereeuwChair of the National Organizing Committee

Agriculture in the Netherlands

A significant share of the GDP of the Netherlands stems from agri- and horticultural value chains. Due to our limited availability of land, high population pressure and trade orientation over the past centuries we focused on effective land use, high value crops and on the global markets. The seeds and planting materials sector, based on over two centuries of entrepreneurship, an excellent knowledge infrastructure and effective public institutions for quality controls, variety registration and breeders’ rights, has evolved into a global player with an export value of some 4 billion Euro. This entails major shares of global trade particularly in vegetable, flower, grass and potato seeds and smaller shares for several other crops.

The sector is organized in Plantum. Its vision is “a world in which an economically healthy, innovative and diverse Netherlands seed and plants sector contributes to important global goals such as food security and quality; more sustainable agriculture and horticulture; product quality and diversity; and well-being in a healthy living environment”.

The Dutch seed sector welcomes you to Rotterdam for the centennial celebration of ISF and the World Seed Congress 2024, providing you a platform to meet ‘everybody’ relevant in the global seed sector in a pleasant yet professional environment. Rotterdam is the prime business city in the country and is continually future oriented; a perfect place to enter the second century of our association. Discuss matters of mutual interest, enhance and strengthen your network, and take the opportunity to trade your products.