Crop diversity is the raw material for improving and adapting crops to meet all future challenges. Yet at the moment much of the world’s crop diversity is neither safely conserved, nor readily available to scientists and farmers who rely on it to safeguard agricultural productivity. Diversity is being lost and with it our ability to keep agriculture productive.
The conservation of crop diversity is neither technologically complicated, nor, considering the importance of the task, expensive. It is instead the reliability of funding that is the crucial element to conserving crop diversity, as even short-term breaks in funding can lead to the permanent loss of unique and important genetic diversity. Currently, with no secure source of funding, many of the world’s unique crop diversity collections are threatened.
The Trust’s response is to support a range of activities, which will ensure these collections are better understood, more useful, more easily available, more safely conserved, and more securely funded.