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Rye network


Bread is part of identity. In several countries there are NGO-s formed on rye or/and bread to enhance the use of rye and bread. In some countries NGO-s are more generally trying to protect biodiversity including biodiversity of grains including rye.


To focus an attention to the role of rye in ensuring food security, nutrition, feeding livestock and increase the visibility of the high potential of rye to contribute to protection of biodiversity, sustainable food systems and to the variety of its possible application, is envisaged


- establishing and developing an international network of organizations and companies dealing with various aspects of rye, such as:

  • rye breeding, seed production, cultivation, milling, production of rye commodities/products
  • scientific research, preservation of rye genetic resources
  • advisory services
  • education and training
  • preservation of traditional heritage, collection of historical material


- elaborating a project to raise attention to the importance of rye in terms of breeding, production, processing/transformation into a variety of rye products with ultimate aim to increase the demand and consumption of rye products by consumers.


There is an Estonian Rye Route, a network of several institutions dealing with research, cultivation, utilisation and education on rye.


Depending on nature of activity and defined target group foreseen activities shall be undertaken either on national and international level.

Activities shall secure preservation of biodiversity, to promote healthy food and nutrition, to enhance rye related research, to maintain national cultural traditions.

  • The International Rye Centre shall be established.
  • Knowledge transfer to end-users to encourage wider use of rye products is an ultimate goal.
  • An international information exchange system shall be developed to promote rye-based healthy food share.


Rye network interest groups

  • plant breeders, researchers
  • seed growers, seed distributors
  • bread grain producers
  • millers
  • bakeries
  • producers of niche rye products
  • bread sales networks
  • end-users, consumers
  • civil society, NGO
  • governmental organisations, legislative authorities


Clusters of members and their roles


Cluster I:

  • plant breeders: broader genetic variability
  • scientific researchers: testing varieties and cultivation technologies
  • gene banks


Cluster II:

  • certified seed producers: assist in evaluation and selection
  • grain producers: better varieties
  • small-scale farmers: on-farm testing

Cluster III:

  • advisory and extension services

Cluster IV:

  • millers
  • bakers/producers
  • feedback from consumers (indirectly)
  • sales persons


Cluster V:

  • NGOs
  • agricultural museums
  • agricultural schools (universities)

Cluster VI:

* governmental organisations

* legislative authorities



Tools for networking


1. Establishment of the Regional Rye Network and permanent Rye Centre.

2. Thematic events (conferences, workshops) on regional and international level.

3. Consultations on political and technical level.

4. Development of webpage to facilitate information exchange.

5. Dissemination of information (newletters, leaflets, other printed materials).