Promoting communities
dedicated to diversity

Steering Committee

The aim of the Steering Committee is to ensure the successful delivery of the project following the approved methodology. It provides management support, direction and advice to the project manager.

Beate KOLLER, MSc, biologist, served in the board of ARCHE NOAH in the late 1990th and, from 2000 to 2017, as director of the ARCHE NOAH association, active in the field of on farm / in garden management, awareness raising, capacity building, and advocacy. Chief executive of ARCHE NOAH ltd. from 2004 to 2016 aiming at product innovations from rare and local plant varieties, and building a network of partners to make available organic plants and seeds of rare varieties. In the framework of the DIVERSIFOOD project, Beate conducted a survey on Community Seed Banks in Europe ( and organized international CSB workshops.


Béla BARTHA, biologist, engaged since 1995 with ProSpecieRara and director of ProSpecieRara since 2002, since 25 years active in the topic of collecting, safeguarding plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. NGO-observer in ECPGR since 2002, almost 15 years member of the managing board of the Swiss commission for the conservation of cultivated plants (SKEK), and partner in on-going EU projects aiming at bringing more agricultural diversity into the food-chain and connecting actors: DIVERSIFOOD, FARMERSPRIDE, DYNAVERSITY, BRESOV, which is an organic breeding project involving European seed savers network in trials and GenRes Bridge for developing national and international seed networks while strengthen existing ones.

Riccardo BOCCI, MSc, in Agricultural Science at the University of Florence. He is the managing director of Rete Semi Rurali. He has been consultant of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture on drawing national guidelines for in farm conservation and the impact of GMO in agriculture. He has been partner coordinator in the EU projects SOLIBAM “Strategies for Organic and Low-input Integrated Breeding and Management” (2010-2014) and in “Farm Seed Opportunities” and advisor at the Overseas Agronomic Institute (Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Italy) for issues related to the implementation of the ITPGRFA/FAO. He is consortium partner in ongoing EU projects aiming at bringing more agricultural diversity into the food-chain and connecting actors: DIVERSIFOOD, CERERE, LIVESEED and DYNAVERSITY.