Belgium

Overview

Country Belgium Capital : Brussels

Belgium has a population of over 11.4 million.

Only a small percentage of the country’s active population engages in agriculture, and agricultural activity has continued to shrink, both with regards to employment and in its contribution to the GDP. Major crops in Belgium are sugar beets, chicory, flax, cereal grains and potatoes. The country also cultivates fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants.

82-98% of the food energy consumed in Belgium comes from crops that are not native to the region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere on the planet.

The Crop Trust has supported 6 projects in Belgium

  1. Aroids: With support from the Crop Trust the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) worked with the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), the International Potato Center (CIP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to develop protocols for the cryopreservation of edible aroids. The protocols will allow the routine, large-scale application of cryopreservation for long-term conservation of these crop collections.
  2. Banana: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) hosts the international collection of banana managed by Bioversity International. Bioversity receives an in-perpetuity grant from the Crop Trust for the long-term conservation of the global banana collection it holds on behalf of the international community.
  3. Banana: With support from the Crop Trust, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) completed the cryopreservation of the international collection managed by Bioversity International.
  4. Banana: Bioversity International receives an in perpetuity grant from the Crop Trust for the long term conservation of the global collection of banana held at KU Leuven, Belgium on behalf of the international community.
  5. Cassava: With support from the Crop Trust the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) worked with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Potato Center (CIP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to develop protocols for the cryopreservation of cassava. The protocols will allow the routine, large-scale application of cryopreservation for long-term conservation of these crop collections.
  6. Sweet Potato: With support from the Crop Trust the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) worked with the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), Colombia, the International Potato Center (CIP), Peru and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji to develop protocols for the cryopreservation of sweet potato. The protocols will allow the routine, large-scale application of cryopreservation for long-term conservation of these crop collections.