ISF is a non-governmental, non-profit making organization. ISF has represented its members’ interests since 1924 and is widely regarded as the voice of the global seed industry.

Our vision

“A world where the best quality seed is accessible to all, supporting sustainable agriculture and food security.”

Our mission

“To create the best environment for the global movement of seed and promote plant breeding and innovation in seed.”

Our values

Collaboration: We work collaboratively
Integrity: We are authentic
Innovation: We embrace new ideas
Sustainability: We act responsibly

Our priorities

In a collaborative effort with our members, we shaped the ISF Strategic Objectives 2021-2025 which reflect the areas of ‘Our Work’. It is through our Coordination Groups, Advisory Groups and Expert Groups that we are able to achieve our objectives.

Our activities

ISF is a non-governmental, non-profit making organization that represents the interests of the seed industry at a global level.

ISF increases recognition of its members’ contributions to food security and sustainable agriculture.

ISF facilitates the free movement of seed within a framework of fair and science-based regulations, whilst serving the interests of farmers, growers, industry and consumers.

ISF promotes the establishment and protection of intellectual property rights for seeds, plant varieties and associated technologies.

ISF publishes rules for trading seed and licensing technology to clarify and standardize contractual relations between buyers and sellers at an international level.

ISF provides for the settlement of disputes through mediation, conciliation and/or arbitration.

ISF fosters cooperation and collaboration through its calendar of events, enabling seed industry stakeholders to identify issues, stimulate strategic thinking and accelerate the adoption of common positions.

ISF works in partnership with organisations responsible for international treaties, conventions and agreements and those that shape the policies affecting the global seed industry.