Celebrating 100 years ISF

The Dutch seed sector, united in Plantum, welcomes you to the flagship event of the global seed industry. We celebrate the annual congress of the International Seed Federation (ISF) in Rotterdam Ahoy from May 27-29.

Welcome to the Netherlands, the Champions League of the global seed industry. This year the World Seed Congress celebrates 100 years of the International Seed Federation (ISF). Plantum is proud to host this anniversary congress and honoured that His Majesty King Willem-Alexander opens this special celebration. It is hard to imagine a better confirmation of the importance of the international seed and young plant sector and the role of the Netherlands therein.

ISF 2024 Highlights

Seed world gathers in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

The International Seed Federation (ISF) is celebrating its 100th anniversary in the country where the (vegetable) seed sector started to flourish: the Netherlands. Seeds play a crucial role at the start of the food value chain, providing a wealth of knowledge and power. High-quality seeds, when carefully cultivated, lead to robust crops that are resilient to climate change and plant diseases, benefiting farmers, growers and consumers alike. Plantum, the Dutch industry association, is looking forward to welcoming delegates from around the world to the World Seed Congress in Rotterdam from 27-29 May.

Food security: Seeds at the start of the food chain

Just as nutritious food is a fundamental need for people, so too are high-quality seeds and starting materials are for farmers and growers in order to achieve healthy plants and better harvests. Food security originates at the source: seeds. Hence, companies in the seed sector allocate approximately 30% of their revenue to research and development (R&D) to breed and develop varieties for the future.

Big Green Chair

A huge eye-catcher during the ISF Congress in Rotterdam Ahoy is the Big Green Plantum Chair, which is prominently placed in the entrance hall. Over the course of two days, more than 1,000 different plants, flowers and vegetables will be planted on the chair, which is approximately 3 metres high and 3 metres wide. When fully assembled, the chair weighs around 1,500 kilos.

ISF 2024 captured in images.

Below you find an impression of Plantum’s presence at ISF. Take a seed and enjoy!

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