The project will be divided into five phases:

1. Identification of main issues: within participating countries scientists, farmers, policy makers and NGOs will be interviewed to allow a first comprehensive collection of important issues, questions and possible knowledge gaps. A special emphasis will be laid on issues identified by the FAO Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources, as well as other relevant efforts undertaken by the EU, the FAO and other international activities of importance. The issues and questions gathered in part one will be structured and explored by a survey targeting a wider group of scientists from European and Asian research networks.

2. First Regional Workshops and International Meeting: The outcome of the survey will be the prime input for the first round of Regional Workshops (to be held in Europe, China and South-East Asia) where regional implications will be discussed. A first set of recommendations identified in the Workshops will be discussed in the first International Meeting where representatives from all participating regions will identify issues of global relevance and elaborate international recommendations.

3. Open discussion: The recommendations elaborated will be published (project webpage, through research networks) and will be open for discussion, comments and improvement. At this stage not only researchers, but also policy makers, NGOs, farmers (wherever possible) and the general public will be invited to comment and discuss the recommendations.

4. Second Regional Workshops and International Meeting: The second and last round of Regional Workshops will formulate strategies taking into account not only the comments of the open discussion but also regional particularities at the policy level. The final International Meeting is committed to explore synergies of these regional strategies and focus on issues that might be targeted only or most effectively at an international level.

5. Dissemination: As an important part of the project, awareness will be raised by proactive dissemination of project results, the recommendations and strategies. Different target groups will receive our information, namely international researchers, policy makers, farmers, NGOs and the general public. To ensure a higher level of commitment of these target groups their early involvement will contribute and facilitate knowledge transfer from science to farmers, NGOs and policy maker.