The Crop Trust begins its 10-year project to collect, conserve and initiate the use of the wild relatives of crops.
The Crop Wild Relatives project is managed in partnership with the Millennium Seed Bank of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, United Kingdom and is generously funded by the Norwegian Government. The scope targets wild relatives in the gene pools of 29 focal crops of importance to global food security, all included in Annex 1 of the Plant Treaty. This project is crucial to achieve an efficient, effective global system of plant genetic resources. To date, 11 agreements have been signed for the collection of wild relatives around the globe.