Peanut Global Crop Conservation Strategy
Are you a fan of peanuts? Whether you love them in your PB&J sandwich or as a tasty snack, you might be surprised to learn that the peanut is facing some serious challenges.
Peanuts, also known as groundnuts, are native to South America but are now grown throughout the tropics and subtropics. World peanut production continues to rise, currently approaching 50 million metric tons per year, with China and India being the largest producers.
From pests and diseases to climate change, the narrow genetic base of the crop makes it vulnerable to a variety of threats.
But there's good news! A Global Conservation Strategy, developed by the Crop Trust and our partners, will ensure that the delicious and nutritious peanut will be around for generations to come.
Scientists and researchers can use almost 90,000 peanut seed samples in the world’s genebanks to increase the use of peanut diversity.
That way we can ensure that the peanut will continue to be a staple crop for farmers and a beloved snack for everyone, forever.