ISF World Seed Congress 2024

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27-29 May

the next century

thank you for joining the centennial world seed congress!

We were delighted to welcome a record-breaking nearly 2,000 delegates as we celebrated not only the association’s century-long journey but also the transformative power of seeds to shape a food-secure future

2024 continues to be a historic year for ISF as we mark our 100th anniversary. This Congress gathered seed professionals from all over 80 countries for business, trading, exhibition, panel discussions, and plenty of networking opportunities. Thank you for being a part of it!


Code of Conduct 

ISF has established a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. This applies to all attending the Congress. Please read it carefully! 

Check out all the event photos!

All official event photos are available on Flickr.

Media Hub

Journalists and members of the press should refer to the Media Hub.


This event is jointly organized by ISF and the Dutch National Organizing Committee.

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.

Long-Term Sponsors
2024 Sponsors
In-Kind Sponsors

We would like to acknowledge our media partners. Thanks to them, we are able to tell a wider audience that the ISF World Seed Congress 2024 is an event not to be missed!